The Many Shades of Gray

He said, “If you have tattoos, you’re going to hell.”

Some years ago, a young man told that I couldn’t have tattoos because it’s not what Christians do. I asked him if he had any scriptures to back up his belief.

He stumbled. And He didn't have a response.

I wasn’t trying to embarrass him. Honestly, that was the last thing that I wanted. However, I asked that question because I too fell into the trap of thinking that certain beliefs I had applied to all Christians.

I was so wrong. I was in this guy’s shoes before, and it’s not fun. The thing I learned as a believer was that there are absolutes, and there are some things that are in a sort of gray area.

When something is in that gray area, we have to see where we stand on it and be careful that we don’t force our own beliefs onto others.

Gray areas are so hard! I used to ask, “If there is no set right and wrong on something, then how do I know where I should or shouldn’t stand?”

The answer was simple.

Ask God. Then keep it between us.

I've learned that not only can I ask God plainly about these gray areas, but also that He would let me know where I should stand on these. Not where my friends should stand, or even other believers.  Just me.

Romans 14:22 - “Your beliefs about these things should be kept secret between you and God”

Prayer: Dear God, Give me wisdom. Show me where I should stand on the gray areas in my life. Let me honor you with what I do. In Jesus name, Amen.

~Donte Allen



Donte Allen is a Husband, Father, and Content creator, on a journey to become a full-time writer. He aspires to encourage and engage Christian families with practical wisdom.