Possibly some people might have a response like my daughter's to people who are bearing the consequence of some personal trauma, or even some choices in their life that have harmed them in unexpected ways. Maybe this could be a response to wounded war veterans for some of us.
|J.R. Martinez--Iraq war|
|Frank Sandoval--Iraq War|
Social fads like tattoos or piercing can lead to poor choices that are mourned later in life.
But what these words "stained but not dirty" make me think of is the stains or consequences that can enter our life due to sin. When we make choices that lead to sin, sometimes the results can be long lasting. We may recognize our sin and repent and change but often the consequences of that sin will continue on even though we are a changed person.
As an example possibly a person who lived a life style that led to contracting aids might repent of and change that lifestyle but still suffer the consequences. A person who smokes cigarettes to the point where the skin on their hand that carries the lit cigarette might be discolored. They may repent, break that addiction and stop smoking but they will still have the discolored hand. A person who gets involved in child pornography may be arrested and serve time in prison and then be on the Sex offender registry but could repent and change their actions and thoughts such that they could be clean of that sin although still necessarily be held to the consequences of the sin.
So we see that being stained is not the same as being dirty. It is very possible to have a very clean stained shirt or pair of pants. Or even a very clean but stained body. Surely we must be careful to not get stained mixed up with dirty.