Is liking Hello Kitty a sin?

Well first of all, God bless you and hello. It’s been almost a month since I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and started attending church seriously. Anyways, I heard that many things that I did and do are sins and wrong. And I don’t mean like stealing or lying but like liking Hello Kitty, having lip piercings and listening to country music. However, I don’t think Hello Kitty is from the devil and if she where, could I just have a pastor bless my Hello Kitty belongings? In addition, I also heard french kissing is a sin? I know sex before marriage is a sin but kissing? I would really love if you answered every question in here because I’m so scared of sinning against the Lord! Oh! One more thing, my boyfriend and I are planning to get married but I was wondering if there are any requirements in Christianity. For sure I know wearing white is not one… Thanks and I really do hope to hear from you soon!! 🙂 GBY
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Hello Zaida,

Thanks for writing. None of the things you mentioned—Hello Kitty, piercings, country music, french kissing—are categorical sins (ie. sins all the time for everyone)… and by the way, neither are tattoos, R-rated movies, smoking, or (of age) drinking. The only way they could be sinful acts were if the Holy Spirit spoke to your heart and mind against them and you disobeyed him (which would actually make disobedience the sin). The Holy Spirit (God) knows you. He created you. So he knows if, say, certain kinds of kissing were too much for you to handle before marriage; in which case he might direct you to wait for even that until marriage. But that wouldn’t mean it would be wrong for everyone. Does that make sense? The same thing applies to tattoos, piercings, non-Christian music and movies.

Let me recommend Cornelius Plantinga’s book Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be. Especially if you are going to a church where people are telling you the things you listed are sins, this book will really help you develop a biblical understanding of sin. I highly recommend it. It’s short and easy to read and very, very helpful.

Finally, about biblical instructions for what to do during wedding ceremonies: you won’t find any. The Bible doesn’t say anything about what kinds of rituals Christians need to go through during the ceremony to have a Christian wedding. What it does talk about is marriage. It says don’t marry a non-Christian, and it talks about mutual love and respect.

I hope that is helpful to you, Zaida.

Grace and peace.
Renea

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4 Responses to Is liking Hello Kitty a sin?

  1. Kelsey says:

    I disagree with one thing. No, liking Hello Kitty is not a sin unless you idolized her and made her a higher priority than God. However, some R rated movies would be considered a sin if the content does not glorify God. Also, smoking would be a sin because it destroys your lungs and your body, and as a Christian, our bodies are the temple of God. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, we are suppose to take care of our bodies.

  2. reneamac says:

    Hi Kelsey,

    Thanks for commenting! I appreciate your perspective, and am in no way wishing to change your personal convictions, but doctrinally, it just is not that simple.

    With smoking, that passage in Corinthians is talking specifically about sexual sin, and though the principle that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit can be broadly applied to personal convictions about smoking, that passage does not imply smoking is a sin. Where do we draw the line? Is it a sin to be overweight? If so, how overweight do you have to be to be considered sinning? Is it a sin to eat fast food? We all know fast food is horrible for our bodies. Where do we draw the lines?

    Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe smoking and poor diet/excercise habits are foolish. But that doesn’t necessarily make them a sin, that is, something which inhibits, or hinders, our relationship and connection with God. And that’s what matters.

    With movies, can non-Christians ever bring glory to God with their art? If so, how? Does the work bring God glory simply because the messages in the movie line up in certain ways with the Message of the Gospel? If so, how much has to be similar? Again, where do we draw the lines?

    (Of course, we know from Scripture that God can bring glory to himself in all sorts of ways we wouldn’t have expected him to. Reading through the Old Testament can be particularly enlightening in this regard. Look at Tamar and Judah for example, people in the lineage of Christ himself!)

    Can we bring glory to God as we engage critically with film and the philosophies we see in them? You see, light has a tricky way of sneaking into everything… especially stories, many times even unbeknownst to the writer/director, sometimes even against his or her wishes. And so it is critical that as Christians we engage art (which movies often are) on the lookout for ways in which we can point out the connection of all stories to God’s Original Shimmering Story, his narrative of Creation, Fall, Redemption.

    Personal conviction derives from the way God has uniquely created us as individuals and how our singular personality and wiring is affected by the Fall – our particular tendencies, weaknesses, addictions, our circumstances, our personal history. These are the primary factors we should consider when we prayerfully decide whether a particular book, movie, song is spiritually safe for us to read, watch, listen to, and redemptively engage through our Creation-Fall-Redemption view of the world.

    Anyone who believes he or she is safe from the all the various temptations available in pop culture is a fool. My friend and colleague Todd Kappelman wisely notes and advises, “Exercising rampant Christian freedom does not necessarily mean one is a strong Christian [referring to 1 Cor 8]. It could indicate that one is too weak to control one’s passions and is hiding behind the argument that they are a stronger brother.” When we engage our culture, we must use a “framework of moderation,” to use Todd’s phrase, that addresses our particular weaknesses, for we are all of us the weaker brother somewhere. We need to be honest with ourselves about our weaknesses, and the best way to do that is to ask God and ask other believers who love us and are discerning and nuanced in regard to engaging culture, to invite the inner circle of our faith community into the part of our lives where we ask serious questions about the books we read, the movies we watch and the music we listen to.

    There is a difference between conviction and legalism. One of those differences is the legalistic compulsion to impose one’s personal convictions on others. It is possible to abstain in a genuinely free way. I greatly admire my friends who abstain; who don’t even have a TV, for example. Together we add to the richness of each others’ lives by bringing perspective to one another about who God is and how we relate to him. Together we present to the world a more complete picture. It is the diversity of the Body that most beautifully represents Christ to the world. And it is vital to our Christian calling to live as much as we can in the tension between the pulls of legalism and libertinism. The ebb and flow of this kind of living is part of what in means to live the full, rich, abundant life of Christ.

    Thanks again for your comment, Kelsey. Sin is a difficult subject in Christian theology, and one that the church generally does a poor job teaching. Black and white rules about everything for everyone is easier, but not the way of Christ. At the same time, Christ did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. The way of Christ is generally a Middle Way. Not legalism. Not liscenteousness. But the full, abundant life which forces us to be dependant upon the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.

    Grace to you, Kelsey, particularly if you’ve made it through to the end of this really long response! 🙂

    With affection in our Lord,
    Renea

  3. Becky Blackmon Burton says:

    Hey Renae! I love your site! Praise God for the unique and powerful way he is using you. This is an especially insightful response to a very difficult and normally unbalanced issue. I love how it points to God and His glory in all things. I will definitely point others who have questions to your site.

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