there many things tradition say are "not of God" but no where in Gods word does it teach about it. Cultures vary and so do the things that are acceptable and unacceptable. What we do should always be done in consideration and love toward others so they will not be offended (unless of coarse it is obedience of God). An example is Timothy being circumcised. It was not required by God for him to be yet he did it to not offend the Jewish people because they knew his father was greek.
---ryan on 4/16/11|
No it is not and we do not need one. My teaching on this says: where the scripture is not available, we have freedom to use spiritual wisdom,common sense or whatever word you want to use. It is ok within reason. A small, simple, stud would be acceptable, for a man. If he wanted to wear an earring. Or he could remove the stud when he attends church. That is another option.
---Robyn on 4/16/11|
You won't really find a verse for this and a myriad of other western fashions and customs.
This is why Solomon implores us to seek wisdom. There are no short cuts to wisdom and discernment but to get in the word thoroughly and often and you wont be perplexed by such life changing questions.
Earrings are like tattoos where they are obtained because other people have done so.
Social scientists point to the increase in these subtle mutilations with the coarseness in our society over the last 40 years. Its like a boom box in your car. Be loud and be noticed, modesty is for wimps.
---larry on 4/12/11|
If your brother is a Christian, you maybe could ecourage him to read Romans 15:1
"We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves"
If his wearing of ear rings offend some who are weak in faith, maybe he could take them out before they see each other. Then he can put them back in after leaving.
That way he can enjoy the liberty he has in Christ without offending a weaker brother or sister.
---James_L on 4/9/11|
I have had my ears pierced since I was very young. Even if I wanted them to close up, they won't.
Native American men wear earings and long hair(braids)
Does that mean if they are saved that they really are not?
Some say a man should have short hair but wear a beard - I can't stand a beard personally- but does it matter for our salvation? No.
It is like the debate with pants or skirts for women.
I don't think there is a problem with men wearing earings.
I believe it is a personal thing between you and God. If God convicts you of wearing them, then don't go against what God tells you.
Cluny, I loved your answer on this. It is spot on.
---ginger on 4/2/11|
In the Old Testament, we are told that if a slave loved his master and did not want to go free, his master could take him to the steps of the temple and pierce his ear with an awl, and the slave would be a slave of love to his master. Why should men who love God not have their ears pierced to show they are slaves of love to God? Ex 21:6
---ZedEx on 4/2/11|
In the OT men who wore earings was a sign of a slave. Up until the early 1900s, men who wore earings were pirates and questionalble characters. Up until now men who wear earings ware against authority. Those who are against authority are against God.
Also, men today is the fashionable thing to do, as do tattoos. What was considered bad is now good.
---Steveng on 4/1/11|
ONLY IN SAN FRANCISCO!
---John on 4/1/11|
Donna5535, remember that Rebecca was given earrings--or possibly a nose ring, could have been either--as a betrothal gift, and the Bible does NOT speak of this with opprobrium.
OTOH, if YOU felt convicted you should remove your earrings, that's between you and God.
---Cluny on 4/1/11|
His answer was that he was trying to look young.
---KarenD on 4/1/11|
I used to have pierced ears and when I got saved in 1983, I let my holes close up on my ear lobes. I'm not sure why I felt convicted at that time of having holes in my ears, but I did and I let them close up. Isn't there a scripture in Leviticus about this? I think there is, but the scholars on here will know better.
---Donna5535 on 4/1/11|
1Pe 3:3 Do not let your adorning be external--the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear--
1Pe 3:4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.
i imagine that the scripture that are written to women apply to men also.
the price for a set of beautiful earrings can probably pay for a few meals.
---aka on 4/1/11|
1st.Tim. 2 v 9. No doubt even to men also.
Those ( men & women ) that do such, brings - draws attention to themselves & Not God. Some women look like they put on make up with a paint roller & Is So Gross. Not letting the natural beauty show through.
---Lawrence on 4/1/11|
Men (or women) wearing earrings is strictly a cultural practice.
There's a portrait of William Shakespeare showing him wearing one.
---Cluny on 3/31/11|
You might talk about why he is wearing earrings. And if he tells you what he thinks is his reason, then you might know what scripture to use.
Why is it that ladies do not need them? There is scripture for this, not commanding they don't, I'd say, but they can have reasons which are not Biblical. While you are loving in God's love, you look so beautiful that you don't need any fake-up or decorations. But while you are alone in front of a mirror and worrying about what you look like, your worry can make you look lousy!
---Bill_willa6989 on 3/31/11|
I believe scripture is moot on this topic. It appears to be a cultural issue which in our society, men wear earrings and it is no big deal.
---Trish on 3/31/11|