Therefore, if the Church wants the next generation to identify with Christ, and not the culture, our young people must lovingly be taught the truth: Those who have publicly committed themselves to pursuing godliness should support that claim not only by being clothed with righteous behavior, but also by modeling Christian character in their demeanor, wardrobe, and modest appearance.

If Starbucks doesn't think body piercing and tattoos are "good for business," why would Christians accept the idea they are good for witnessing? Similarly speaking, during his weekly radio broadcast, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, has cautioned that "thoughtful Christians" should not identify with those in our culture marked with piercing and tattoos.

Like the Israelites of old, American Christians have become careless. As a result, spiritual confusion continues to grow, and it is becoming more and more difficult for the next generation to clearly see where the world ends and the church begins.

Cathy Mickels ( is the former Washington state president of Phyllis Schlafly's national organization Eagle Forum. She is also the co-author of Spiritual Junk Food: The Dumbing Down of Christian Youth, Winepress Publishing, 1-877-421-READ.