There are some Christian churches that believe and teach that the wearing of any form of jewelry is a sin. These ultraconservative groups of believers adopt the position that any artificial thing used to beautify or adorn the body is unnatural and sinful. They thus judge other believers who are more liberal and permissive on this issue as carnal, worldly, and sinful, and try to ostracise and shame them. Because of the divisions this issue has brought to the body of Christ, I want to take an expository teaching on the position of scripture with regards to the use of jewelries and other forms of adornment.
For the purpose of this exposition, jewelries will be interpreted to include earrings, nose rings, chains (for necks,wrists and ankles), bangles, beads, bracelets, necklaces and other related stuffs used to adorn the body. We shall look at Scripture to see if the wearing of jewelries is forbidden and therefore sinful, as sin is a transgression of the law. For an act to be considered sinful, it must violate a specific word of God.
1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
So, an act can only be judged to be sinful if it transgresses a specific and extant law of God. For the New Testament believer, a violation of the terms of the New Covenant, not the old and expired Mosaic Law, must be demonstrated to prove an act as sinful, for we are not under the law of Moses, but under the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Let us then begin by examining relevant portions of Scripture as they relate to the wearing of jewelries.
Genesis 24:22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;
Genesis 24:23 And said, Whose daughter are you? tell me, I pray you: is there room in your father’s house for us to lodge in?
Genesis 24:24 And she said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bore to Nahor.
Genesis 24:29 And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out to the man, to the well.
Genesis 24:30 And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets on his sister’s hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spoke the man to me; that he came to the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.
Genesis 24:34 And he said, I am Abraham’s servant.
Genesis 24:35 And the LORD has blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he has given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.
Genesis 24:47 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter are you? And she said, the daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him: and I put the earring on her face, and the bracelets on her hands.
Genesis 24:48 And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s daughter to his son.
Genesis 24:53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
From the account of Abraham’s servant’s search for a wife for Isaac, we read of how God blessed Abraham abundantly with flocks , herds, silver and gold, among other things. We also read of Abraham’s servant using jewelries of silver and gold (earrings and bracelets) both to appreciate Rebekah for her kindness, and to pay part of her bride price. Obviously, to Abraham, a friend of God, keeping such jewelries and using them to get a wife for his son wasn’t a sin. It was nothing to be ashamed of! No where did we read of God being against this practice!
Genesis 35:2 Then Jacob said to his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:
Genesis 35:3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.
Genesis 35:4 And they gave to Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.
Here is a favorite portion of scripture frequently quoted by those who condemn the wearing of earrings, equating it with idolatory! However, let us consider what an idol is: an idol is whatever a person chooses to worship or venerate, outside of the Almighty God. Thus, anything can be used as an idol, including silver, gold, wood, iron, stones, trees, animals,etc. That some people choose to worship or venerate an object does not make it a universal idol for all. And that doesn’t make the use of such an item by others a sin. Some people worship graven images of wood, but that has not stopped people from using wooden items for comfort and beautification of their homes!
Exodus 32:2 And Aaron said to them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them to me.
Exodus 32:3 And all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron.
Exodus 32:4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a engraving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be your gods, O Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Exodus 32:5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.
Exodus 32:6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
Here again, we see another favorite scripture used in the condemnation of the wearing of jewelries: the people used their jewelries to make an idol, therefore wearing of jewelries must be a sin! What a simplistic way of reasoning! That a thing is put to an evil use doesn’t necessarily make it evil. A car can be used in the service of God or in the service of the devil. It doesn’t make the car bad. It’s the bad use of that car that should be condemned, not the car itself. But, let’s look at another scripture closely following the one just quoted above, whereby jewelries were put to a godly use.
Exodus 35:4 And Moses spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying,
Exodus 35:5 Take you from among you an offering to the LORD: whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass,
Exodus 35:6 And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair,
Exodus 35:7 And rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins, and shittim wood,
Exodus 35:8 And oil for the light, and spices for anointing oil, and for the sweet incense,
Exodus 35:9 And onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the breastplate.
Exodus 35:21 And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD’s offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.
Exodus 35:22 And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an offering of gold to the LORD.
Exodus 35:23 And every man, with whom was found blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair, and red skins of rams, and badgers’ skins, brought them.
Exodus 35:24 Every one that did offer an offering of silver and brass brought the LORD’s offering: and every man, with whom was found shittim wood for any work of the service, brought it.
Just three chapters back, the people had used their jewelries to make an idol, like Jacob’s wives. Now, they were bringing their jewelries to make the vessels of ministry in the Tabernacle of God! They brought their earrings, nose rings, bracelets, and tablets (golden beads), all jewels of gold, for the vessels of ministry in God’s tabernacle! The problem was not with the earrings and other jeweleries! The problem was with the use they were put to! You can make an idol out of them, or you can glorify God with them. It is the use of a thing that makes it evil or good, not the item itself!
To show that God has no problem with jewelries in themselves, and infact encouraged their use, let’s examine some scriptures to see God’s perspective on jewelries.
Exodus 3:20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the middle thereof: and after that he will let you go.
Exodus 3:21 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when you go, you shall not go empty.
Exodus 3:22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbor, and of her that sojourns in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and you shall put them on your sons, and on your daughters; and you shall spoil the Egyptians.
Note from the scripture cited above that God specifically commanded the women of Israel to demand jewelries of gold and silver from their Egyptian mistresses on their way out of Egypt, and to beautify their sons and daughters with those jewelries! Did you see that? Would God require us to ask of what is sinful from others, and to use such sinful items to beautify or adorn our children? Surely, we can’t appear to be holier than God!
Exodus 12:35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:
Exodus 12:36 And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent to them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.
Here, we see the Lord fulfilling his word to the Jews, by granting them favour in the sight of the Egyptians who lent them jewels of silver and jewels of gold, to adorn themselves and their children. They left Egypt, not as miserable-looking slaves but, beautifully appareled in fine garments and gloriously decked with jewelries of gold and silver! Isn’t God wonderful in giving his children the best, and making them stand out in his glory?
Numbers 31:48 And the officers which were over thousands of the host, the captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, came near to Moses:
Numbers 31:49 And they said to Moses, Your servants have taken the sum of the men of war which are under our charge, and there lacks not one man of us.
Numbers 31:50 We have therefore brought an oblation for the LORD, what every man has gotten, of jewels of gold, chains, and bracelets, rings, earrings, and tablets, to make an atonement for our souls before the LORD.
Numbers 31:51 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of them, even all worked jewels.
Numbers 31:52 And all the gold of the offering that they offered up to the LORD, of the captains of thousands, and of the captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels.
Numbers 31:53 (For the men of war had taken spoil, every man for himself.)
Numbers 31:54 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the tabernacle of the congregation, for a memorial for the children of Israel before the LORD.
The scripture cited above listed the offerings the Israelite soldiers who went to war against the Midianites brought to the Lord, from their loots, after a victorious war in which they didn’t lose a single person! Their offerings of gratitude to God included jewels of gold, chains, bracelets, rings, earrings, and tablets (gold beads). Moses took all these into the tabernacle and dedicated them to the Lord, as a memorial. Will God accept for a memorial an offering that’s inherently sinful? Think about this!
Judges 8:24 And Gideon said to them, I would desire a request of you, that you would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)
Judges 8:25 And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey.
Judges 8:26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels’ necks.
Judges 8:27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare to Gideon, and to his house.
Here, we see earrings put to an evil use, in the making of an idol, like Aaron did for the Israelites in the wilderness. It became a snare to Gideon and his house, as people started worshipping the ephod made from the golden earrings the people donated to Gideon, from the loot of war. If Gideon had dedicated them to the Lord, like Moses did with the offerings of his soldiers, it would have attracted God’s blessings. Or, if the people had kept their earrings for their personal use and adornment, there would have been no problem. Once more, scripture shows that jewelries are not a sin in themselves. They only become a sin if they are put to a sinful use, like every other thing in life. Just like they can be dedicated to idol worship, they can also be dedicated to the beautification of man and to the service of God.
Isaiah 3:16 Moreover the LORD said, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
Isaiah 3:17 Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.
Isaiah 3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,
Isaiah 3:19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
Isaiah 3:20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
Isaiah 3:21 The rings, and nose jewels,
Isaiah 3:22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,
Isaiah 3:23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils.
Isaiah 3:24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.
The passage above was a prediction of judgement that would come upon the people of Israel because they had departed from the Word of God and were living in idolatory and
rebellion. God promised a total punishment for the rebellion of the people, to affect all cadres of people in the society, because the rebellion was near total. The soldiers, judges, prophets, elders, artisans, and the intellectuals would all be affected by the impending judgement. There would be famine, and all things of beauty and pride or joy would be destroyed. The women would have all their items of adornment and beautification removed from them, as a punishment for sin. Now, look at the items of beautification and adornment that women in Israel were using: tinkling feet ornaments, chains, bracelets, mufflers, tablets (gold beads), earrings, rings, nose jewels, etc. These were legitimate items of beauty and adornment among women in Israel which they were to be deprived of, in the impending judgement for sin and rebellion. God does not forbid the use of jeweleries rather, he allows and approves them for the beautification of his children! He’s not a sadist!
Ezekiel 16:11 I decked you also with ornaments, and I put bracelets on your hands, and a chain on your neck.
Ezekiel 16:12 And I put a jewel on your forehead, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.
Ezekiel 16:13 Thus were you decked with gold and silver; and your raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; you did eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and you were exceeding beautiful, and you did prosper into a kingdom.
In the scripture cited above, God described how he picked Israel out of obscurity and made her famous and renowned. God said he beautified and decked Israel with ornaments like bracelets, neck chains, jewels on the forehead, earrings, nose rings, and a beautiful crown on her head. Imagine God himself delighting in the fact that he decked and beautified Israel as a woman is decked and beautified with all these jewelries! Will God use the similtude of sinful ornaments to describe how he beautified his own wife? If God delighted in these jewelries, then we should also! Whatever God delights in cannot be sinful, for God is holy! Stop condemning what God has not condemned! Stop acting holier than God, oh sinful man!
Ecclesiastes 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make yourself over wise: why should you destroy yourself?
As long as Israel used these ornaments God decked her to glorify God, she was fine and God was happy with her, and she prospered. But, the moment she used the ornaments that God decked her with to worship other gods, the wrath of God fell on her and she was punished severely!
Ezekiel 16:17 You have also taken your fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given you, and made to yourself images of men, and did commit prostitution with them,
Ezekiel 16:31 In that you build your eminent place in the head of every way, and make your high place in every street; and have not been as an harlot, in that you scorn hire;
Hosea 2:13 And I will visit on her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgot me, said the LORD.
During the time of Saul as Israel’s king, ornaments of gold were used to adorn the clothes women wore, and this added to their beauty and glory. The women in Israel were gloriously and beautifully decked in their scarlet clothes studded with gold. This was revealed by David in his lamentation for Saul. David called on the women of Israel to weep over Saul who ensured they appeared beautiful and glorious during his reign.
2 Samuel 1:24 You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel (ESV).
Solomon, who was endued with so much wisdom by God, considered the wearing of jewelries by women a thing of beauty that should be celebrated and not ridiculed or frowned upon. In Solomon’s reckoning, adorning a woman with jewelries is graceful and not sinful!
Song of Solomon 1:9 I liken you, my darling, to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariot horses.
Song of Solomon 1:10 Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.
Song of Solomon 4:9 You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.
Song of Solomon 1:11 We will make you earrings of gold, studded with silver (NIV).
We shall now look at some scriptures that people use to condemn the piercing of the ears, and by extension, the wearing of earrings. A careful examination of these scriptures will give us a proper understanding of the boring of ears as used in scripture.
Exodus 21:1 Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them.
Exodus 21:2 If you buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.
Exodus 21:3 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.
Exodus 21:4 If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself.
Exodus 21:5 And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:
Exodus 21:6 Then his master shall bring him to the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or to the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him for ever.
Above is the portion of scripture vigorously quoted by those who condemn the wearing of earrings, equating the boring of the ears of a perpetual male slave to the piercing of the ears of women who wear earrings, and thus making the wearing of earrings an act of slavery! This shows how dangerous taking scriptures out of context can be! We end up forcing scriptures to say what they don’t mean!
Now, let’s examine this portion of scripture in the proper context. The law here was about male Hebrew slaves serving their fellow Hebrew brothers. The law mandated Hebrew slave owners not to keep male Hebrew slaves beyond six years. At the end of six years of slavery, the Hebrew slave masters were to release all male Hebrew slaves to go free. Such male slaves had an option to accept their freedom when released, or remain in the service of their masters. A male slave who came into his master’s house single but was given a wife and now had a family, couldn’t leave with his family during his release after six years of slavery. He had to forfeit his family if he chose to go free. Those male slaves who loved their family and their master so much that they couldn’t afford to part from them would have to sacrifice their freedom for their loved ones. They would have to remain slaves forever to be able to continue living with their families. Having agreed to be perpetual slaves for family sake, they would be taken before the judges and have their ears bored with an awl, as a symbol of perpetual slavery.
Please, note that only the male slaves were treated in this way. Female slaves became wives to their masters or their masters’ sons, and couldn’t leave unless they were no longer loved, no longer cared for, or no longer granted their conjugal rights. In such cases, they were to be set free to go and find happiness elsewhere.
Exodus 21:7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.
Exodus 21:8 If she please not her master, who has betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her to a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he has dealt deceitfully with her.
Exodus 21:9 And if he have betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters.
Exodus 21:10 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.
Exodus 21:11 And if he do not these three to her, then shall she go out free without money.
Thus, we see that the boring of the ears was for male slaves only, and was not practised on female slaves. Also, the boring of the ears of perpetual male slaves had nothing to do with the wearing of earrings by both males and females, who wore them in Israel before and after this law was given. The scriptures we read in Ezekiel 16 , where God described how he decked Israel with earrings and nose rings, among others, and in Isaiah 3, where the women in Isaiah’s time were decked with all kinds of jewelries (including earrings and noserings, which required the piercing of the ears and nose) were both written after this law regulating slavery was given by Moses. The Jews never took this law concerning the handling of slaves to mean the forbidding of the piercing of ears for the wearing of earrings. If you were never a male slave whose ears were bored in the presence of judges as witnesses, piercing your ears did not make you a perpetual slave in Israel!
Besides, we are no longer under the Mosaic Law and all its injunctions. So, why would people misuse an expired scripture to keep people in bondage? The New Testament Church seeks its guiding principles, code of conduct and rule of faith from the Gospels and Apostolic writings, not from the expired Mosaic Law!
Now, let us look at what the New Testament teaches about female adornment and the wearing of Jewelries. Let us now go to the Apostolic writings for guidance and enlightenment.
1 Timothy 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with modesty and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
1 Timothy 2:10 But (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works.
From the scripture above, the Apostle Paul taught about the need for modesty and moderation in dressing and the use of jewelry. He advocated not just the adornment of the outward man (the body) but, more importantly, the beautification of the inner man, which in the sight of God is more valuable. Paul was saying, “be modest in the clothes you wear, in the making of your hair and in the wearing of jewelries. Beautify your bodies, but more importantly, make sure you beautify your inner man with good works! ” This teaching of Apostle Paul was further corroborated by Apostle Peter in his first epistle.
1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
1 Peter 3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
1 Peter 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1 Peter 3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:
1 Peter 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters you are, as long as you do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
Peter, like Paul, taught that the adorning of women should not just be the outward adorning of the body in plaiting hair, wearing of gold or putting on of clothes. It is instructive that he didn’t condemn the wearing of any of these items, otherwise he would also condemn the wearing of clothes! What he was teaching here was modesty in outward dressing and use of jewelries, with more emphasis on beautifying the inner man with the graces of God. Neither Paul nor Peter condemned the use of jewelries, the making of the hair or the wearing of fine clothes. Both preached and taught moderation and modesty in the use of these things, while paying more attention to the spiritual virtues and the eternal covering and adornment with the fruits of the Spirit.
Finally, let’s see how God intends to deck and adorn the bride of Christ, before her marriage to his only begotten Son:
Revelation 21:9 And there came to me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come here, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Revelation 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like to a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
Revelation 21:18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like to clear glass.
Revelation 21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
Revelation 21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
Revelation 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
The bride of Christ, like Israel, Jehovah’s wife in the Old Testament, will be decked with precious stones and all manner of costly and beautifying ornaments. God will spare nothing to make the Lamb’s wife beautiful within and without. Hallelujah to the Lamb who has purchased and redeemed us, and has made us kings and priests unto our God!
In conclusion, we have seen conclusively from Scripture that God does not condemn the use of jewelries by his children. We also showed from Scripture that God actually delights in decking his children with beautiful ornaments, even as he adorns them spiritually with his glory. What therefore God has not condemned, let no overzealous man condemn! Let’s speak where God speaks, and be silent where he’s silent. We cannot be holier and more righteous than God. If we decide as a matter of conscience not to wear jewelries, let us not condemn those who do, for God has received and accepted them.
Let me leave us with this portion of scripture which teaches tolerance towards things which are not forbidden in scripture, but over which people may differ in their acceptance:
Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive you, but not to doubtful disputations.
Romans 14:2 For one believes that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eats herbs.
Romans 14:3 Let not him that eats despise him that eats not; and let not him which eats not judge him that eats: for God has received him.
Romans 14:4 Who are you that judge another man’s servant? to his own master he stands or falls. Yes, he shall be held up: for God is able to make him stand.
Romans 14:5 One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
Romans 14:6 He that regards the day, regards it to the Lord; and he that regards not the day, to the Lord he does not regard it. He that eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he that eats not, to the Lord he eats not, and gives God thanks.
Romans 14:7 For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself.
God bless you all!