An interestingВ blog by pammy I read recently, which eventually lead to the major question of…Is it wrong for a Christian to get a tattoo? This age-old question has brought up many opinions through the years, unfortunately with no definite answers….
…which prompted me to look up some resources and here I would like to share an article by a Brandon Hill from Christianteens, which I found to be quite a good read and also in agreement with me.
Can a Christian have a Tattoo? (Brandon Hill)
I need to begin this article by stating two things.
The first is that I believe that you should never do anything that your parents don’t want you to while you are living in their house. The Bible clearly teaches that we are to obey our parents.
Secondly, I have a tattoo.
I know that this may be a shock to many of you, and probably your parents, but I ask that you not shun me because of it.
Many Christians believe that it is a sin to have a tattoo. I do not hold that belief. I believe that a tattoo can be a very valid (and permanent) way of stating your beliefs. However, I caution those that are thinking about tattoos to remember that it is a permanent feature and will always be there. I encourage you to look at some of the tattoo sites listed to the right.
The “Elsewhere on the Web” links are all Christian links. Some of the links listed under “From Other Guides” are not Christian Sites and they may contain some inappropriate links, so please be careful with them. My link to their page is safe though.
Many Christians will quote Leviticus 19:28 when stating that Christians should never receive a tattoo:
“Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” – Leviticus 19:28
However, it is interesting to note what other verses in Leviticus 19 say:
Verse 9: “When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.”
Verse 19: “Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.”
Verse 26: “Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it.”
Verse 27: “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.”
Verse 28: “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.”
As you can see, many of the other ‘rules’ that are laid out in Leviticus are not followed today. Does that mean that the whole book of Leviticus, or even the Bible should not be followed?
No! It just means that we need to carefully analyze what the theme of the Bible is, and realize what it means for us today. The book of Leviticus contained several ‘laws’ that were made to keep the children of Israel healthy and holy for God. Tattoos in those days were extremely dangerous and could result in injury, disease, or death. The verse also is referring to a pagan ritual of putting tattoo marks on oneself for the dead, in order to protect oneself from the spirit world.
Why should one get a tattoo?
Why then, should one get a tattoo? A person does not need to get a tattoo! I am not advocating that everyone should get a tattoo – rather I am saying that we should not shun those who have tattoos, or make the blanket statement that they can’t be a Christian. Some Christians get tattoos to show their allegiance to Christ, while others just think that it is something cool to do.
I personally got my tattoo because it is something that I thought would look cool. I also wanted to have a tattoo that reminded me of my commitment to Christ as well as announcing that commitment to others.
Please think very carefully about getting a tattoo before you get one. It is not a rash or quick decision. Always get the permission of your parents if you are still living at home with them, and be very careful that you get your tattoo at a clean and healthy place.
(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)