The NBA Tattoo Dilemma April 26-May 4, 2010
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
As I sat blogging the other day, my family watched the NBA playoffs. I glanced up a couple of times and I exclaimed: “Oh, my…they are covered with tattoos! “ “Why, in the world would they do that?”
Somebody shot back: “Mom, it’s called freedom of speech!”
“Since when does freedom of speech override the Bible?”
Therein lies the problem…
Freedom of speech grew over the years and incorporated to a great degree freedom of thought…and also freedom of expression…and in the aftermath to many…the bible shrunk…in meaning to a lot of them.
Man is like many sports stars in the aspect of being a “free agent” as far as God is concerned…man has free will…the right to choose to follow God in this brief stint on earth…or to “do his own thing.”
Well, if that’s true many might say…let me just do what I want: commit adultery, fornicate, get tattoos and body piercings, be homosexual, have abortions, kill, cheat, lie…steal…and “just leave me alone!”
Why don’t we just leave these people alone? Why don’t we stop with all of the warnings? Why can’t we avoid being judgmental? Why do we offend people? WHY? WHY? WHY?
I’ll answer each question separately.
1. We have inside information that hell is real,,,and we have heartfelt love for every man…it’s unconditional love…and we have the largest heart for God…so large that we seek to do His will. It’s God’s will that we snatch people back from the throngs of hell! And we’ll do that untiul our last breath here on this earth! It’s our charge! It’s our mandate!! It’s our commission!
So, why do Christians join in with the world and get tattoos? Influence, deception, lack of knowledge.
Many Christians do not get tattoos and would not even consider it for a second. Don’t be fooled!
2. We cannot stop with the warnings…read the answer to No. 1.
3. We shouldn’t be. We must fiight very hard to avoid it.
4. Offense is a four part sin. It takes a sender and a receiver. It also can be deliberate and unintentional.
So…let’s get to the crux of the matter. I imagine there are lots of Christians in the NBA. And I’m sure that some have tattoos of loved ones, sentimental points, important milestones…and maybe even Jesus.
There may be a few (if they’ll admit it) who got tattoos because “everybody” else has them.
Is it covetousness? I couldn’t answer because I do not know their hearts. Do they do it to appear tough? Is it a thing…or something done to fit in?
Almost everyone has one. My hat is off to those who don’t. The non-conformists who against all odds don’t have them. STAND YOUR GROUND!!
They do it in other sports too…it’s a trend…I just didn’t watch the other sports…so I am talking about what I’ve seen. However, all role models in sports…be advised….God is watching!
I suppose it all boils down to…whose temple it is in the mind of the person.
So why would I call it a dilemma? I hate the fact that so many can be influenced by this… LOOK AT JOAKIM NOAH BELOW: ….NO TATTOOS!!!I And I vow to pray about this entire tattoo dilemma. Please join me.