Jesus is our example—be a servant!
During Jesus’ time on earth, slavery was common. Historians estimate that one person in five was a slave. Slavery could be due to a number of reasons including war, poverty, birth or crime. So, the many illustrations and comparisons to slavery in the Bible struck a sensitive nerve with those hearing Jesus’ speak about serving. The “be a servant” message became even more clear as He willingly washed His disciples’ feet—the lowest of duties in a household.
And so when He had washed their feet . . . He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me teacher . . . If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you should also do as I did to you.” —John 13:12-15
Jesus was not forced into slavery. He became a servant because He loved us so much. And He wants us show our love for Him by humbling ourselves daily in service to others.
Is there any Scripture to support the opposition of teens/men wearing ear rings, nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.? I have a teenage son who is a Christian yet at times will wear an ear ring. I am opposed to this and see no purpose except as some form of rebellion.
As we have stated in a past GML, nose rings and ear rings are a cultural issue. In one country they may be in vogue for men and women, but in another country not for either. In the Bible, God described how He would adorn Israel one day and included giving them nose rings.
“I also clothed you with embroidered cloth and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; and I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk. I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your hands and a necklace around your neck. I also put a ring in your nostril, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth You ate fine flour, honey and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty. Then your fame went forth among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of My splendor which I bestowed on you,” declares the Lord GOD. —Ezekiel 16:10-14
The question for your son is what the motivation is behind his actions. If there is rebellion involved, then that is a spiritual issue that requires the application of prayer, Scripture, and continued parental guidance. Remember that God looks at the heart, so it is the heart attitude that is the issue here.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. —Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Train up a child in the way he should go . . . —Proverbs 22:6 (see also Psalm 78:5; 34:11; Deuteronomy 4:10)
Rather than focusing on the earring, spend some time trying to discover whether your son has a heart for God and try to encourage that relationship. If he grows in his love for Christ, God will take care of the outside things, IF there is a need. Putting the emphasis on God’s long term, not man’s short term, will also demonstrate to your son that you, as a parent, are more concerned with who he is than with what he does—a valuable message from any parent.
Woe to you . . . For you clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence . . . First clean the inside of the cup and the dish, so the outside of it may become clean also. —Matthew 23:25-26
. . . are you so lacking in understanding . . . Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from the outside cannot defile him; . . . That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. —Mark 7:18-20
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