Musings on…..KLK’s Comments

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Yesterday I received 2 comments from someone named klk on my ‘about’ page, and after musing over how I was going to answer, I decided to post it.

I have always tried to be real on this blog and show people that I’m not perfect, I love my God and want to live for Him,  I want to show on every post how the knowledge of God and His gracious love for me  effects my life and hopefully my life will influence others to strive for that same goal; to glorify God and live, obey and enjoy Him forever.

Because of this main goal I have for this blog, this comment needs to be addressed honestly and well…. I just need to answer it, because if this person saw this in my blog, then others will also and I truly don’t want that.

I am struggling with trying to justify these things, or just thinking and praying about them or just answering back.

Which I decided to do all 3.

I e-mailed this person to ask a bit more about them, so I would know how to respond. klk’s e-mail address is a university address, so I’m assuming he/she is in college. I also asked if he/she had read any other posts by me, because frankly, just getting the bit of info. from the ‘about me’ page can be misconstrued. Then again, I hope that is not the case either, my intention is not to misrepresent myself.

Anyway, blah blah about me, I might do this in 2 parts depending how long-winded I get. I’m in a upswing manic mode of my bi-polar currently and that tends to get me in trouble, so hang on!

klk’s first comment below

1) If God calls our body a temple, why would you be proud of permanently scarring your temple with tattoos and then wanting more…? God made our bodies exactly as they should look, didn’t he?

Technically or specifically,  the  1 Corinthian passage is speaking of sexual sin, generally,  it is speaking of all things the pagans did that the body of Christ should not do or engage in. The wearing of jewelry, long hair, short hair, covered hair, tattoos, cuttings, eating the blood from meat, eating meat, etc. Leviticus 19, just to name one passage,  goes into literally tens of things we are not to do, always in opposition of what the pagans were doing at the time.

Justifyingly speaking {is that a word?} tattoos are my obsession right now, I enjoy watching the tattoo shows and hearing the stories behind the tattoos, and possibly an addiction. Granted most of my tattoos were done before I was ‘saved’ the next one I’m getting is scripture, so hopefully it could be used as a witnessing tool.

Now with that said. Yes, I know my body is a temple to the Lord, yes, I know I shouldn’t be getting tattoos, Yes I know God knew what He was doing when He made me.

Soapbox: We, as a people, need to ask ourselves, how far do we go with old testament law? Do you, klk, do anything to change your body? haircut, make-up, hair gel, earrings, cut facial hair, pluck eyebrows, etc? Do you work-out, run track to condition your body, shave your face or legs?

Do you have any breast enhancements, cosmetic surgery, piercings on parts of body, fake fingernails, fake tan?

And we also need to ask, how much is too much? I personally think fake fingernails, tattooed eyebrows, fake boobs ~ most cosmetic surgery is wack.

But I have pierced ears, I pluck my eyebrows, color and cut my hair, wear clothes that fit me, wear rings and necklaces and have tattoos. Now someone else will think totally different and hey that is fine by me.

God did make our bodies perfect and in His image [another post on that later] and we are to be consecrated [set apart] to Him. He also is more concerned with our hearts……..

AND the second comment {I will answer the second part later, I must pray about this one}

2)Also, how can you lead Bible studies if you yourself are just a babe in your walk? What can you lead with right now? I am not trying to be critical by any means. I just want to know how you can lead if you are fresh on the path.

If you still curse and do other sins as a bad habit, have you really been born again and are you really living for God? I invite you to explore what this verse means:
Romans 6:1-5“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”

This, of course, doesn’t mean we will never sin again. That’s impossible. By being dead to sin means we are no longer sinners (or people who sin as a way of being). Little things, like cursing, just can’t be a way of life for someone who is living for God.

If any of these things bother you that I said, please mark that as a good thing because it stirred something in you. Why did it stir something? Please pray on it and seek it out. You might be surprised at what you will find.

Congratulations on starting to turn your life around and getting rid of your addictions. That is a great start. I just hope that you will seek out your own understanding of God (which will take quite some time) before you lead others in study…

More to come…..

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5 responses »

  1. Oooooooo! Um – I’m a little speechless right now friend. I’ll be looking for your additional response… Wow.

    OK, I’m not speechless (i rarely am) but it’s not MY soapbox to get on. I am biting my tongue…

    😉

  2. Wow…I am very confused. I am not sure what this person is hoping for or attempting to do, but they are far from any type of Biblical counsel.

    I appreciate your tone here. you have not tried to discourage this person with rudeness nor have you really tried to defend yourself, you are just responding. I in turn do not wish to ridicule this person, but I would like to respond to some of the things that have been said.

    #1 Tattoos. Some people believe they are decorating their body for God’s glory. There is no Biblical conversation that speaks to this apart from the Mosaic law in Leviticus. Deciding to grab one or two of the “laws” in those passages and attempt to “enforce” them on someones life is out of line and not at all what Jesus had in mind when he went through the gates of hell for us. It is finished…He has fulfilled it! Praise God I am not expected nor instructed to live out these commands that were given by a God to His people the Jews. Here is a great post on tattoo’s. I would agree with it…

    http://rev22.org/index.php/archives/92
    ~~Brent, I have seen this post, I love it, altho I don’t think its an argument for tattoos on humans, its very interesting to look up the scriptures that talk about things written on Christ and the angels in Rev. and the writer of that post was understandably happy with the conversation that took place because of his tattoos, which could be a great ice-breaker to talk to people about faith. I’m glad you brought that up here. K

    Also, how can you lead Bible studies if you yourself are just a babe in your walk?

    Thank goodness there is grace. You’ve started a journey relying on God’s power, not your own. You will be seeking and learning a lot in the beginning(of course only as much as you put effort into). BUT, God is faithful to lead you to the answers and God has created you a new person with his Spirit to guide. There is testimony after testimony in scriptures of those who came to know the Lord and then stepped right out and evangelized for Him. Go for it and be willing to learn along the way.
    ~~I also have only started leading bible studies in the past couple years, I went thru a lot of precepts training before I thought I was ready, I still don’t think I’m ready, its a HUGE responsibility to lead others thru the Word of God and I really don’t want to mess that up. I’m sure when standing at the gate of heaven God will be more concerned with my leading of His Word than my marks on my body. 🙂

    If you still curse and do other sins as a bad habit, have you really been born again and are you really living for God?

    Really?!?! I am surprised this person “knows a man’s heart”. God says no one does but Him. There is also a great verse in Matthew 23 about washing the inside of the cup first…God will change you. he will transform you. Some things will be immediate and other will be a part of you for the rest of your life. It seems Apostle Paul had the same “thorns” as we all do. Be faithful to him and His time table, not anyone else’s.

    Romans 6:1-5“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”

    There is also this verse…

    A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God. Romans 2:28-29

    We are not judged by man or by man’s ideas of who we are or who we need to be. There is no law you can follow that proves you are His. You can only prove TO HIM that you are His by how you allow Him to affect your life. That can’t and will never be determined by “man”. amen, brother

    I encourage you to hear this writers comments, but not to decide anything based on them. I would ask you to do the same with my comments. BUT, let God and His Spirit lead you on this journey. Find someone you trust that you can have as a mentor and an accountable partner in this. As you hear comments like this, take them in stride. You have obviously been very mature and biblically wise in how you have approached this.
    ~~ I am quite blessed to have many wise people to help me in my walk, I hope others do to and like you, I advise people to find someone they can talk to, to be mentored by, to listen to and learn from their walk with the Lord. Thanks, Brent!

  3. Praise God for a manic episode rather than a depressive one where you may have taken the comments so hard and straight to the heart that you begin to question yourself….(((hugs)))

  4. Figure a converted woman with a tattoo of the name of an ex-bf on her, and she wanted to change it, eg. from ‘Bill’ to ‘Bible’. Hard to criticize, right?

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