This week, we are very saddened by the resignation of our Youth Leader and his wife. Our youth group kids are trying to process their loss and cope with suddenly being leaderless again (twice in the last year). Certainly, we have endured a bit of hardship in trying to grow the youth group.
So what was behind this decision? A difference of opinion it seems. Our youth leader’s wife recently got her lip pierced and the pastor asked that it be removed.
The youth leader’s take? Piercing is not sinful, thus his wife should be able to exercise Christian liberty and keep it in. If the church can’t accept that, then they cannot continue to worship in a place that passes judgement on people because of piercings and tattoos.
The pastor’s take? Though many things are permissible, not all are beneficial (1 Corinthians 10:23). As a ministry leader, there is no benefit to facial piercings. It could be stumbling block to youth, a cause of division between parents and youth, and is certainly not professional looking. Many secular organizations don’t allow facial piercings, why should it be allowed in the church?
What’s your take? Is the request too much? What constitutes being judgmental?
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