Is It OK for Christians to Have Tattoos?

Tattoos – designs or words etched into the skin with permanent ink – have become a widely accepted as popular trend, especially among young people.

Tattoos are more popular than ever. With Such prevalence and rising interest a lot of Christians both young and old who desires to ink their bodies just go through with it with no second thought.

A tattoo of a representation of Jesus Christ

The Bible has explicitly stated In the Old Testament’s third book of law, Leviticus 19:28 declares rather bluntly, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord.”

With this being said, aren’t Christians obliged to adhere to the words of their Creator?

A tattoo of a Bible verse

The major argument for Christians who choose to ink their bodies is that they aren’t obliged to follow the Old Testament for its specifically for the Israelites. Should we accept this argument? Are Christians not following the Ten Commandments? Are they not in the Old Testament? Or the verse in Leviticus didn’t mention tattoo clearly?

Why must one get a tattoo even? Why get a tattoo? If it is in rebellion to parents, it is clearly not acceptable (Ephesians 6:1-3). And while artistic self-expression can be OK, our primary motive for anything we do should be to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31). This means seeking to honor and draw attention to him, not ourselves. Getting a tattoo for purposes of witness may be acceptable, but remember, this is not the primary or most effective way to evangelize. It is in no way a substitute for verbally communicating the gospel. You are not fulfilling the Great Commission simply because you have a tattoo of a Bible verse.

Please, think before you ink but let’s us know your opinion on a Christian getting a tattoo. Do you think it’s appropriate?

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