Christians and Tattoos
Alright, here’s the deal: Bible-belt Christians go nuts over people getting ink. They quote an Old Testament verse to prove that tattoos are evil. You might be one of those who’s become convinced that tattoos are wrong. And we want to say this as lovingly as we can: “Dude, you’re wrong.”
The verse that is quoted to prove that ink is sin is this: “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourself. I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:28)
Here’s the problem- that verse deals with tattooing for dead people as a type of magic. I’m pretty sure most of us don’t have those kinds of tatts. But even if it was universally-applied (“no one can have ink done without being in sin”), it would be pretty hypocritical to enforce this rule without also enforcing the other rules found in the same chapter.
“Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material”- vs. 19
“Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it”- vs. 26
“Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard”- vs. 27
Look, the Old Covenant is just that- Old. It was NEVER given to Gentiles to follow. It was given to Jews. Jesus fulfilled the Old Covenant and we are now under the New Covenant. Romans 10:4 says that “Christ is the end of the law…” Hebrews 8:13 calls the Old Covenant Law “obsolete” and says it is “passing away.” Again, the point is, you can have a tattoo if you want. Let the religious people keep screaming about their rules. We don’t follow man’s religion- we follow Jesus.
BUT…If you’re living under your parents’ roof, respect them first and only get a tattoo if they approve. Or wait until you’re out of the house. And, y’know…nothing wrong with making REAL sure you can live the rest of your life with the ink you get. Like they say, “No Ragrets”