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"Clothing, jewelery, hair styles and more are all forms of communication."

Doug Wilson on culture, meaning, and biblical authority. He concludes a discussion of nose rings this way:

Clothing, jewelery, hair styles and more are all forms of communication. This means that they have public meaning. Further, they have meaning that can be ascertained by a broader public, as part of a larger conversation than what is going on inside the perpetrator’s individual heart. The irony is that often the worldings who develop these things know what they mean, and culturally conservative Christians know what they mean too. The Christians who adopt them thoughtlessly are the ones who can’t read the language they have attached so visibly to their bodies. Would you get a tattoo in Germany with some phrase in German without getting it translated? By someone you really trusted?

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

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