I would like to start by saying this is not an attack on this individual, it’s simply the thoughts that popped into my head after reading the tweet.
I don’t hold it against anyone that doesn’t like or want tattoos. However, personally, I love them. I only have 3 as of yet, but there’s about 5 or 6 more I want to get.
If you think about it, tattoos are a type of art and rightfully so. Art comes in the form of poetry, song-writing, paintings, drawings, etc., etc. The only different is tattoos are put on the body. With that comes the many, many assumptions that a tattooed person cannot be a good parent, employee, friend, or parishioner in a church. There’s seems to be a BIG stigma when it comes to tattoos. And sadly, that stigma speaks more clearly of the person or people that carry rather than the ones its’ aimed at.
And that’s all false! In essence, I know some of the greatest people in each of the aforementioned areas of life that happen to be very good at and devoted to the kind of life they engage in. They hold strong family ties, have a deep relationship with God, and are excellent employees. What I find so disturbing is that people actually believe and operate every day under such false assumptions.
I do have to say that in all likelihood it’s probably those exact kinds of people, tattooed and pierced, that have good hearts, love deeply, trust blindly, and are quite possibly the easiest going just for the fact that they live so freely that they believe they have no right to judge anyone else.
I know a man who is in church every Wednesday and Sunday, teaches, encourages, and spends quality time with his wife and six children, has a full-time job (he’s a farmer/rancher), and spends a great deal of his extra time helping out people that need help. He has taught his children to be responsible, hard-working, dependable, caring, and to love the Lord. His four oldest children have graduated high-school, two have gone off to college, and the two youngest children are still in school but attend Mass and Wednesday classes at the church.
Likewise, I know a man who can’t hold down a job (full or part time), doesn’t attend church, puts his needs and wants before those of his family, has spent time in prison for drugs, jabbers and jabbers about respect and consideration is so on, but can’t seem to practice those same attributes himself.
Now, with the description I just gave, which of these two men would you agree is a more responsible adult, a person that has higher morals and/or values, a person that is dependable and can be looked up to, a role model I guess you could say?
Is it unfair to ask such a question? Is it unfair to judge another with this short description? Is it unfair to judge at all?
If you answered yes, you’re probably correct on all three. Why? How could that be?
For starters, all you have is that short description. Next, with that little bit of information, how can one come to any reliable decision about these two men. Third, judgements are not ours to make. As the Bible states,
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? –Matthew 7:1-5
But, to appease the curiosity, the man that goes to church happens to be the man that has the tattoos.
Knowing that, does it change your perception of this man? Does it change your perception of the second man mentioned?
As we are told, we reap what we sew, which is completely verified in the Bible. If we stand in judgment of others, we shall be judged accordingly.