A voice told me to take out my piercing
Thank you for your column in THE STAR. I look forward to it every day. I have a problem. I am a strong believer in God but I am not a Christian.
I attend church sometimes with my mother. She is a Christian. I have tattoos and piercings. I got my tongue pierced and I was afraid to pray because I know God was upset that I pierced my tongue.
I had it in for a couple of months and I still didn't pray at all, but I kept feeling sad and guilty that I ignored my God.
One day, I was on my way from work when I met a friend. She's a Christian. She started telling me how good God is and that God would never turn his back on me.
When I got home, I broke down and cried. I started to ask for forgiveness and I heard a soft low voice say, "Take it out."
Pastor, I couldn't resist and so I took out the tongue ring. From there I started to feel light and free, no more guilt.
What I really want to tell you is everything I do in life, I have to do it two or three times for it to actually be done.
I worked so hard and saved so long just to get one thing and it just failed, and I had to do it over again.
I want to know if this is a test that all persons go through, because sometimes I just want to give up and just become a 'cruff'.
I can't allow myself to be one for the sake of my mother. I want to do well just for her. I'm just tired of seeing her stressed and sad. Please, give me your best advice.
I want to make it very clear that there are verses in the Bible that speak about tattoos and the piercing of the body.
In the Book of Leviticus, Chapter 19, Verse 28, it says, "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord."
However, when this passage was written, tattoos were not done the way they are today. The King James version says "ye shall not ... print marks upon you."
One should be careful not to make a doctrine over this admonition, because the Bible does not make it very clear what is meant by making prints upon one's body.
It was the custom of women to print symbols or words upon certain parts of their body.
Evidence suggests that tattooing the body parts of women associated with fertility (breasts, thighs and abdomen) was believed to be a good luck charm to protect the birthing process. And people of God did not condemn them.
It is true to say that some accept tattoos on some women to enhance their beauty. But others who put excessive tattoos on themselves, it makes them look horrible and not pleasant to the eyes at all.
Practised long before Christ
I am aware that some churches preach against tattoos and body piercing and make those who wear them feel very uncomfortable.
However, body piercing was practised long before the incarnation of Christ.
God said in Ezekiel 16:12 "I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears". I doubt that God would use these symbols to show that he would bless his children if such a practice was wrong. You have felt very guilty about what you did to your body, so you have removed your tongue ring. I refuse to condemn you for piercing your tongue or any part of your body.
I will only say to you that if you feel better by removing these jewellery from wherever they are on your body, you should also bear in mind that what the Lord wants is the giving of your life to Him. And not by what you wear.