Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Opus 2014-34: Should-a-Beens: Off the list

She is off my list.

A young lady that works at a restaurant I frequent was on my list of women I would like to introduce my son to.  We are getting desperate to get him married.  This young lady seemed to be a really nice person.  She had a good attitude, worked hard and seemed to go the extra mile.  In my world of “should have been” I could see me introducing her to my son and a spark igniting.  A guy can dream, can’t he?

My dream was shattered the other day.  Why?  She got a tattoo.  I am not rejecting her as a person.  She still seems like a great human being.  She is still off my list.

Is she a different person now that she got a tattoo?  No.  She is the same person.  It is just that I see her more clearly now.  There is something in her personality that wants to conform to current fads enough that she is willing to permanently disfigure her body.  I understand that a tattoo doesn’t prove anything evil.  It could just be my personal hang-up.  Got it.

On the other hand how do I deal with this?.
(Lev 19:28 KJV)  Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
In the NASB the word “marks” is “tattoo.” 

I may have to live with nose rings, but tattoos send a message I can't ignore.

homo unius libri


  1. Nose rings denoted that the wearer was a slave. Cuttings and tattoos were done to show grief. Why should we expect the Lord to okay it for "art's" sake?

    1. That brings up a whole series of posts needed on what "art" is. Most of what we see isn't art so I guess tattoos might qualify.

      Now that you mention it I don't remember any references to men wearing nose rings in the Bible.

      Grace and peace.


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