Christians & Tattoos

To Tattoo or Not To?
The Bible says in Leviticus 19:28, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord.” How much clearer can that be?

This passage in Leviticus, including the surrounding text, is specifically dealing with the pagan religious rituals of the people living around the Israelites. The focus here is prohibiting worldly, ungodly worship and witchcraft. God forbids his holy people to engage in idolatrous, pagan worship and sorcery which imitates the ungodly. He does this out of protection, because he knows this will lead them away from the one true God. It’s interesting to observe verse 26, “Do not eat meat that has not been drained of its blood,” and verse 27, “Do not trim off the hair on your temples or trim your beards.” Well, certainly many Christians today eat non-kosher meats and get haircuts without participating in the forbidden worship of pagans. Back then these customs were associated with pagan rites and rituals. Today they are not.

Also you could be thinking “according to Christ Himself, we must follow the whole law if we choose to follow the law at all.” Well in that case we must also kick our wives out of the marital bed during their monthly periods, and all men should grow beards. Think about it. Christ came to abolish such things, and spent a good portion of His ministry speaking out against the Pharisees, who oppressively enforced Levitical law upon a people who Christ was seeking to redeem.

As a committed (and tattooed) Christian man, I have encountered a bit of criticism from the older Christians. In my opinion, it is extremely short sighted to be hung up on something that is a very personal issue. What was Christ’s commission to the disciples upon leaving this Earth? To take the gospel to the whole world – not just to the inside of whatever church you find yourself in on the weekend.

Tell me – who will take the Gospel to the outcasts of society; the bikers, the prostitutes, and the so-called rock stars? I can nearly guarantee that a superchurch pastor will get nowhere with these particular groups. However, as Paul states, and maybe this is a stretch, going to a group of people as one of them (though in the world and not of it) is a very effective ministry tool, as has been my experience and many doors of opportunity have opened up to share my love for Christ with my tattoos.

Think about it.


~ by brittainbelden on November 7, 2010.

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