In a recent Reddit post, a memorable incident he had with a local Karen. Here’s the full story.
It was about a year ago when this memorable incident took place at OP’s local Walmart.
He Has Two Tattoos
OP typically doesn’t go out of his way to draw attention, but he does have two visible tattoos: one depicting a puzzle piece representing autism awareness, and another portraying a cross.
The Tattoos Were Important for Him
These tattoos hold personal significance for OP, and they are a part of his identity.
He Comes From a Religious Home
OP is the son of a pastor and has been involved in preaching with the Gideons at detention centers.
He believes in giving individuals the freedom to choose their own religious path and does not push his beliefs onto others.
He Went Shopping
Back to the story, as OP went about his shopping, gathering ingredients for fajitas, he decided to use the self-checkout, since he only had a few items.
Karen Made a Comment
While waiting in line, he overheard a disgruntled voice saying, “A cross tattoo, is that supposed to make you a good Christian?”
He turned to face the source of the comment—a middle-aged woman who stood about five feet tall.
He Replied With Humor
With a touch of humor, OP replied, “Yes, it is a cross. Geometry seems to be working well for you.”
Little did he know that his response was not what this particular Karen, the self-proclaimed “thumper” was expecting.
Karen Said Tattoos Were Unholy
She proceeded to express her disapproval of tattoos, deeming them unholy and a defilement of God’s temple.
She Messed With the Wrong Person
This was the moment when Karen realized she had chosen the wrong person to engage with on this topic.
The Biblical Facts
OP unleashed a barrage of biblical facts upon her!
He Knew More Than She Did
He began by referencing the Bible, which mentions tattoos only twice. The first reference, Leviticus chapter 19 verse 28, was aimed at correcting the pagan usage of tattoos.
He pointed out that if we were to strictly follow those rules, certain haircuts, including sideburns, would also be considered sinful.
He Quoted Straight From the Source
Moving on, he mentioned Isaiah chapter 44 verse 5, where God’s name was symbolically placed on Israel’s hand.
Then, in Romans chapter 12 verses 1 to 3, he explained how one can present their body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to the Lord.
He Went on Sharing Verses From the Bible
Additionally, OP referred to 1 Corinthians chapter 6 verses 19 to 20, which instructs believers to glorify God in their bodies.
Karen Was Wrong
It became evident that Karen’s use of the temple metaphor was misapplied; it referred to sexual sin, not tattoos.
People Were Listening
OP found himself caught up in the moment, passionately sharing these biblical insights, and to his surprise, people around him began listening intently.
Karen Was Embarrassed
Karen’s facial expressions were unpleasant, to say the least!
After presenting his case, she embarked on her own holy crusade, expressing outrage at the audacity of someone with tattoos lecturing her on the Bible.
He Won the Argument
OP calmly responded by questioning why he had to reference the Bible to disprove her if she truly knew it.
Before she could utter another word, a bystander approached OP and said, “I’ve never seen someone win an argument against the Bible with the Bible.”
Karen Went on Accusing Him
Karen was far from pleased.
She erupted into a screeching tirade, labeling OP a false prophet and asserting that his words would corrupt souls.
Judging Other Was a Sin
In response, OP calmly pointed out the irony of her judgmental behavior, highlighting that judging others is, in fact, considered a sin in the Bible.
Karen Stormed Out
Karen’s face turned beet red as if she were wearing face paint.
She stormed off to the checkout, muttering to herself the entire time.
OP patiently waited, allowing parents with children to proceed ahead of him.
He Had a Good Day
The bystander, who had engaged in the conversation with him earlier, returned and was eager to continue their discussion about the Bible.
They delved into various topics, conversing as they walked out of the store.
Time to Reflect
Although Karen had long disappeared from the scene, OP couldn’t help but reflect on the encounter and offer a word of caution to any “Karen” with the Reddit post.
Several Redditors commented on the post sharing their support for OP.
He Did the Right Thing
One Reddit user shared, “I have 9 tattoos which include both legs up to my knee. I never have a hard time at church. I’ll be ready now if I ever get called on it. I always wear a cross so it’s possible! Great job OP.”
Another Redditor commented, “It’s people like you that actually get folks to consider a relationship with God and be open to discussing it. It’s people like her that drive people away from it. Good for you! And please keep going into the folks locked up. They need you. Thank you for your service!”
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