Our kids and grand-kids are always going to be growing up in a world that is at war with the faith. This is nothing new even if some of the fads and fashions are different from those of the previous generation. I see similarities between the 1960’s, when I was a kid, and whatever we are calling this decade that we are living in now. In the late 60’sÂ everyone was wearing short, shorter, and shortest skirts.Â And we won’t even discuss the 70’s and its idiocies.
The world has a powerful charm, and Christian women, young and old, must be wary of its deadening effects. Hebrews 5:14 says that “strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” In other words, if we want to be mature, we have to be using good sense to sort out what is good and what is evil. And as we do this, we are exercising, getting fit, ceasing to be bottle fed, and being welcomed up to the table where they’re eating meat.
Take tattoos for an example. Drunken sailors were always notorious for their tattoos (and still are, I believe),Â and a century or two later it was the motorcycle gang members. But now we see more and more flesh covered with ink, and it crossed over the gender divide long ago. Tattoos have become so ubiquitous that it’s not really cool anymore because everyone has one. Remember the star-bellied sneetches? They started paying money to get their stars off because even the uncool sneetches had stars too. And I’ve heard that tattoo removal is big business these days. No surprise!
And that’s just about the time that your sweet Christian daughter thought it might be cute to get a little flower tattooed on her ankle or lower back or shoulder. Now what do you do?
There is a simple answer to the tattoo question; at least it’s simple if you have been exercising your senses to discern good and evil. I remember visiting New Guinea in 1973. The native people were totally covered in tattoos. Every square inch of exposed skin had markings, including their faces. Tattoos and body piercings are historically pagan, and as our culture moves further and further away from the gospel, they move deeper into the darkness of paganism. There has never been anywhere else to go.
Ask your daughter, “Whose uniform do you want to be wearing? The devil’s or Christ’s?” Tattoos are part of the uniform of the other team, and it makes no sense at all for Christians to adopt the other team’s colors. Imagine showing up for a football game wearing the other team’s colors. You wouldn’t do it. So why do it when the stakes are much higher? Some people may argue that they are going to get a little “Christian” tattoo. Maybe a Bible verse or a fish. But that just means that they don’t think the mark of baptism is enough. God has determined what mark His children will have, and that mark is the water of baptism. No need to add more to what God has already given us. No need to wear the pagan uniform, and even worse to envy it.