This morning, I was listening to the Joy FM as they discussed the daughter of one of the hosts getting her ears pierced. As I listened to the callers, I did not hear anyone even reference the scriptures.

I find it interesting how quickly we turn to the culture and ask cultural questions even before we go to the Word. Our Christian culture claims to biblical, yet how often do we look for life-guiding principles, especially in the little decisions. I believe part of the legacy of the Reformers that is being lost is the submission of all things to Christ. And, this would include the decision to get one’s ear’s pierced.

I preached on gender this past Sunday, and I finally concluded that even our gender ought to drive us to Christ. If God has given us gender specific roles, then our inability to fulfill them ought to drive us 2 Corinthians 12:9 where Jesus says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”

In the course of preaching this sermon I was studying 1 Timothy 2:9 “Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness-good works.”

I had to ask the question, is there something intrinsically evil in braided hair, gold or pearls? Of course not. Gold was used in the very temple. What makes those things evil is when they replace the things that should characterize a woman.

Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

So how should we adorn ourselves? The very purpose of clothing ought to inform us.
Back in Genesis 2:25 Adam and even were both naked and were not ashamed. Then after the fall in Genesis 3:7 they knew they were naked and they made clothes by sewing fig leaves together. Thus, the very purpose of clothing was to cover the shame of our sinful bodies! Of course, in our sinfulness we are completely inadequate to cover our sinfulness. That is why God clothed Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:21.

Notice that there is a distinct difference between God’s clothing and man’s. God’s clothing was the result of the death of an animal. It was sacrificed as the substitute for Adam and Eve who deserved to be struck down the very day they sinned. That sacrifice was then used to cover their sinful bodies.
In this first sacrifice we have God provide a substitute and a foreshadowing of a Savior. Clothing was that picture.

So when it comes to how we adorn ourselves, our first concern should be to ask, How does this drive me to Christ? Does piercing my ears bring attention to me or to Christ! This is not an argument against piercing, because I can think of several ways in which having pierced ears (or even a pierced navel) can drive us to Christ.

At the end of the day, this is the question that should govern our appearance, Is this about making myself the focus, or is it about Christ?

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