In the military, this is referred to as the PLF. When intelligent people decide to jump out of an aircraft at a distance greater than sanity should accept, they must develop a way to do this. The parachute assists in this process but often doesn’t bring you in very gently. Broken bones are often the result. To dissipate the concussion of hitting the ground, the PLF was used. The idea is to control the fall. You cannot stop falling, so direct it, control it.
I think I do that spiritually, emotionally. Maybe, you do it too?
Ear rings, tattoos are my way of saying, “I am not going to fit your mold for Christianity. I will not comply with a stereotype.”
But really, those are some of the ways I do a PLF. I think in my mind I’m saying, “you won’t like me. If you knew what was inside, you would be very disappointed. Let me help us both out. Then you won’t even look at the real me. And, I won’t feel betrayed.”
The basis of all this is fear. It is a preemptive attack on those who might love us. It is often a cause of divorce, infidelity, alcoholism, drug and porn addictions. But there is freedom in love.
“Perfect love removes all fear…” I don’t have to protect myself anymore.