It’s no surprise, then, that when we hear the phrase “your body is a temple” we automatically apply that to our physical appearance. My body is a temple, therefore I shouldn’t: get tattoos, smoke, eat junk food, drink alcohol, skip leg day, etc. etc. etc. The reasoning goes like this: if my body is a temple, then I should take care of it. Don’t get me wrong – it is
good to take good care of ourselves!
But here’s the thing: when Paul wrote about our bodies being temples in 1 Corinthians 6, it had almost nothing to do with our physical appearance, tattoos or anything else that we lump in with it. It is, in fact, so much more glorious and profound than that.