Christians and tattoos has been a discussion for as far back as I can remember. Growing up it was practically taboo to be a Christian and have tattoos.
When I was a kid a friend invited me to her church, a Pentecostal Church, and the Pastor had tattoo sleeves. I remember wondering to myself if that was OK with God. In Leviticus 19:28 the Bible says:
Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourself; I am the Lord.
To be honest I have no tattoos but as a Christian this has always been a touchy topic for me. Do I look down on others who choose to get tattoos? Mmmmm… no, not really. I will explain more in a bit.
So the question is is it OK to get a tattoo if your are Christian? First let me clear something up. A sin is a sin regardless if you are a Christian or not.
It drives me crazy when people, particularly Christians, say things like is it OK if your a Christian? Well, if it isn’t okay for a Christian then it is not OK for a non-believer either! Vice versa.
You don’t have to be a Christian to commit a sin. Which is exactly how “Is it OK for Christians” sounds. Of course that is just my opinion.
So are tattoos OK for anyone? What is it with Christians and Tattoos anyway?
Why Most Christians Are Against Tattoos
Most Christians are against tattoos because of the verse Leviticus 19:28 which I referenced to above. Some believe God was talking about the Canaanites in 1 King 18:28 who slashed their own bodies to mourn their dead.
And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
After reading several verses I couldn’t find anything specific to tattooing in the Bible besides that one verse in Leviticus. Some Christians believe tattoos are now OK because Leviticus is in the Old Testament.
The question now, is, if tattoos are OK then where does it stop? Does that make modifications OK too? What about piercings?
It just seems that we as Christians are becoming rebellious in a way doing what we want. Like the whole I love Jesus but I cuss a little.
Not All Christians Are Against Tattoos
It was a couple years ago that I started noticing more and more Christians pooping up with tattoos. It was about a year ago that it seemed to become the new norm.
I read a comment that one Christian left on another Christians social media. The comment read “I love tattoos! I just got another one when ______ was in _____.”
My first thought was “Wow! She just doesn’t care does she?” Then I started noticing other Christians posting their tattoos on social media.
It is so easy to take a verse from the Bible and get so many things from it. Have you ever read a verse several times and then one day you get something completely different from it? I have many times.
This actually scares me just a bit because it is so easy to take something like the Bible out of context. With that said I want to share a verse I read that well I will let you decide for yourself.
For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. – Galatians 5:17
My Own Tattoo Confession
Although I do NOT have any tattoos I did once attempt to get one. I have never told anyone that before. Truth be told I am happy it didn’t take.
I was just a teenager when I attempted to get it. It would have been a S/S that stands for Suicidal Squad. Honestly, I don’t even know what the Suicidal Squad was. Another reason I am happy it didn’t take!
That would have been a tattoo that would of most definitely been covered up with another tattoo when I got older. Of which would have led to many more.
You can argue this until you are blue in the face but every single person I know that has gotten one tattoo always get more.
Just another reason I will not get a tattoo. That and I really don’t believe God approves of them.
Again, this is controversial because my ears are pierced. And I once had my tongue pierced during my rebellious days.
I guess you could say it’s just my opinion and my own preference to be tattoo free. Now to answer the question “Do I look down on others with tattoos?” No.
I do however often wonder why people get tattoos. Why would you want to put something on your body that is not removable? It is just a personal preference I guess. One that I don’t care for.