Dear Ms. Witty,
Do you think that Christians should wear tattoos? Why or Why not?
Signed – Just Curious!
Dear Just Curious,
It is really funny you are asking me this question. Several years ago I had this discussion with my husband and one of the lady’s I mentor. Since you brought it up again, I guess the Lord wants me to deal with it.
I thought about getting a tattoo many times because I thought some were sexy, cute and I wanted to share that sex appeal with my husband. It was just going to be my husband’s name and my son’s name and a heart in the middle. Also, it was only going to be for their eyes only. Who was it going to hurt? At the time, I was thinking this is my body and I can do with it what I want to. Everyone was saying saved folks should not be tattooing their bodies. It was not holy….
I have heard so many things from people about what they liked about tattoos, what they didn’t, if God does or doesn’t, and what does the pastor have to say about it? Well, I am a ‘by the book’ person when it comes to the Bible so let’s see what the Word of God has to say about tattoos. In the New International Version, Leviticus 19:28, it says “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.”
If you are tattooing your body in memory of the dead, that is what the scripture is referring to. Many people are unaware that marking their bodies in memory of their dead love ones (i.e. R.I.P. Johnny 1993, Grandma died 1946 or R.I.P. Baby Girl), celebrities and friends is wrong. You should not be using your body as a memorial for the dead. If this is what your doing this is going against the Word of God.
I did not find anywhere in the Bible where it said that adoring your body with a tattoo (i.e. a flower, butterflies, Jesus I Love You or a name) was wrong. Now the cross represents where Jesus died so I would think twice about marking that on my body. But on the other hand, what if you already have these types of tattoos on your body? Well just repent, let go and move on. There are many dedicated and sincere Christian’s with tattoos; God still loves them and uses them. But I would begin thinking long and hard before writing and symbolizing lasting impressions on your beautiful skin.
By the way I never got one. 20 years later still thinking about it hahahha! I don’t like pain. I think I might as well let it go!