Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

arm scroll tattoo

King David, the Bible says, edified himself when he was being chased by the enemy or when strife stirred in his home.  Edify means to uplift the soul spiritually or morally.  And, of course, King David used God’s words to do so.

Deuteronomy 11:18 of the Cambridge Edition of the King James Bible states:

Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.

God’s Word (1995) translation of Deuteronomy 11:18  makes the meaning of that scripture clear:

Take these words of mine to heart and keep them in mind.  Write them down, tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder.

But consider what Leviticus 19:28 commands:

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.

Obviously, the Bible did not mean to literally write the word of God on your hand.  Or, in this case, your “sleeve.”  (Although an actual piece of fabric or paper would have sufficed.  Or a doorpost or a gate.)  Sadly, when followers of Christianity use tattoos as a witnessing tool (after they have become born-again), they reveal that they lack an understanding of Christian teachings and may merely be fans.

Christians should figuratively write God’s words on the tablet of their hearts.  But considering the alternative, this God-lover’s wholesome arm scroll tattoo is far more tasteful than the image of naked chicks found on the mudflaps of eighteen wheelers and biker flesh.  (And, to his credit, at least he spelled “Isaiah” right.  Too many people keep calling “Isiah” “Isaiah” and, unfortunately, ignorant as he is, he keeps answering.)

 Man should not live by bread alone. He needs wisdom.

People find the most “creative” ways to express themselves, don’t they?

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