There are some subjects that are controversial in Christian circles. One of these is skin art, the art of tattooing. I tried to find a unbiased answer on this question. Lets look at this from three angles. Against tattooing, for it and from my cultural background. From these three viewpoints hopeful we’ll come a unbiased conclusion.
This argument usually includes the following scripture Leviticus 19:28 and 1 Corinthians 6:19 . Both of these scriptures are used out of context. You don’t need a degree in theology (which I have), to see that Leviticus is about the uses of pagan tribes. Corinthians is about sexual immorality.I’ve searched for proof that will strengthen the point against tattooing, but could not find a single one that made sense or had a Biblical founded argument. It seems that that all the arguments against it is purely based in personal opinions and preconceived ideas.
Lets move our focus to why it is ok to get a tattoo. There is no scripture in the Bible that forbid getting a tattoo. Tattooed Christians use Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. They say their tattoos are a conversation starter, and a tool for sharing their faith. Some get a tattoo as a symbol to remember an event or a time were some great miracle happened. This reminds me of the scripture in Deuteronomy 11:18. The finally point share this witness of a friend’s husband. God used his tattoo to save his life and the lives of his co-workers. They where in a hostages situation and every body was petrified. Through his tattoo God prompted him to take control of the situation and miraculously in a second everything turn around and they were released.
My cultural background
In my culture the view on tattoos are changing. But historically it was the ruffians and troublemakers that sported green sailor tattoos. In the Western Cape where I grew up it was the gangster that wore tattoos as markings of their loyalty to a specific group. I asked my parents for their opinion. And they gave a amazing response: in summary they said that they would not judge any of their children or grandchildren. But the way they themselves were raised, it was an abomination and thus they would recommend against it.
I truly believe that there is nothing wrong with getting a tattoo, but I have decided against it.
- What ever you do, do it for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:23-33). Is the tattoo I’m planning to get glorifying God or is it putting the focus on yourself?
- Absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love (Romans 8:31-39). This Scripture is not mentioned once in all my research, but I believe this scripture says it best. Nothing can get between us and God’s love. NOTHING! Not even a single drop of ink.
- Honor your father and mother (Exodus 20:12) As a parent myself I believe that honoring your parents is something you do until the day they pasts away. with this I decided to honor my parents and not get a tattoo.
Maybe getting a tattoo is more of a relationship issue than I faith issue? (Romans 14)