What's your opinion on tattoos and piercings?


Oh, here we go! A controversial issue I like! ;) Ya ready? The passage Leviticus 19:28 is the one many Christians use in the tattooing argument. However, the verse and its surrounding text is specifically dealing with the pagan religious rituals of the people living around the Israelites. God’s desire is to set his people apart from other cultures. The focus here is prohibiting worldly, heathen worship and witchcraft. God forbids his holy people to engage in idolatrous, pagan worship and sorcery which imitates the heathens. He does this out of protection, because he knows this will lead them away from the one true God.

It’s interesting to observe that a few verses later it says in 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.

If you are considering the question, “To tattoo or not to?” I think the more serious questions to ask yourself are: What are my motives for wanting a tattoo? Am I seeking to glorify God or draw attention to myself? Will getting a tattoo cause me to disobey my parents? Will my tattoo cause someone who is weak in the faith to stumble?

I believe that decisions like this should solely depend on the motives of your heart and the signification of what you’re getting on your body. Personally, I have six tattoos, four of them faith-based, so to me, those mean something. A couple of them are symbols, so I enjoy explaining the meanings of my tattoos to non-believers. I consider them creative and artistic, because they really are a type of art form; and where do we get creativity? God! He is our Creator and the greatest artist of all time. We are all made in His image, so I consider it a natural thing to have artistic desires. I like my tattoos, and despite what some people may think, they can’t judge me, only God can. It is my personal belief that getting a tattoo doesn’t make you any less of a Christian. God sees what’s on the inside, not the outside.