For me, for Facebook to have any redeeming value it must do one of three things:
- Make me smile
- Inform me.
- Challenge me to think.
I can justify my invested FB time as long as my time falls into one of the above. If it doesn’t, shame on me. This is not to judge others who use FB for other endeavors…that’s your call.
When I post a thought on FB, it too must fall within the 3 above categories.
Often one of my thoughts just hangs out there, with no likes or comments (cricket…cricket). Others stir my friends…like yesterday’s Tattoo comment that read – “Man tattoos on his arm Leviticus 18:22 that forbids homosexuality. But Leviticus 19:28 forbids tattoos in the very next chapter. Come on people!!“
For the record, the intent of this thought was simply to point out how all of us, at times, use scripture to justify or condemn an action, all the while ignoring other possibly conflicting text. Color me guilty.
Most of the 47 comments from yesterday’s FB post are compelling and far more insightful than I could articulate. They can be read here. The behind the scene emails and texts that I received were equally challenging! A few asked me for my opinion, and just as my mentor responded to me when I asked him for his opinion, I am learning to respond likewise – “My opinion matters very little. What is the Holy Spirit telling you when you ask Him?”
Who am I?
So with that disclaimer firmly in place, my take is this: Alone I can not interpret the Bible. The Bible is God’s word. It was written to guide us, to teach us, to encourage us, and to draw us closer to our Creator. But I can not take every word at it’s literal meaning and apply it to 2011. Oh, I’d like to think I could…and have even claimed that I do! But I don’t. Much of what is recorded in the Bible was culturally relevant to the period of history in which it was written (hair length, beard, head covering, dietary restrictions, etc.). This certainly includes tattoos!
Who am I to judge?
All I can do is read the Bible and then turn to our helper, the Holy Spirit. Some argue because we can’t interpret the scripture, then it is of no relevance. NO! But apart from the Holy Spirit that indwells believers, our biases will skew the most beautiful book ever written. We will search the pages to find support for whatever we are trying to justify (and even ignore the very next chapter ’cause it messes everything up).
So now what?
- Talk to your Creator.
- Read His word.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you His truth.
- Then act upon this revelation.
We all have our biases. We all have our own colored lenses through which we journey this faith path. The Holy Spirit awaits you.
He alone has your answer…that would make a great tattoo!