Hi Pastor Lily
Is it a sin for a Christians to get a tattoo? I have a lot of beautiful design ideas from hearts to butterflies and I’m not even sure what I want right now. Maybe several. I’ve been looking at pictures on Pinterest and I just love the look of them. But I’m curious what you have to say about it. I know it’s a bit controversial, but I noticed in one of your pictures on Instagram that you’re a pastor with a tattoo and I have to say that I think that’s pretty cool. Looking forward to hearing your opinion on this subject.
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I hope you will continue to love and support me after I share my opinion on tattoos with you.
Clearly, you want to get one or some and you’re looking for some kind of spiritual permission and so you asked the opinion of a pastor with a tattoo.
Let me begin by saying that Biblically speaking there’s nothing sinful about the act of tattooing your body. Usually, when people reference the Bible regarding whether or not Christians should get tattoos they look at Leviticus. 19:28, “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead, nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.”
In this context, the law is specifically talking about marks for the dead, which is currently a very popular theme of tattoos. Getting a tattoo to remember a loved one is extremely common.
And while I do believe that as a Christian we are free from the law strongly believe that we need to use the wisdom revealed in 1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.”
I personally love and appreciate Joyce Myers takes on this.
You asked for my personal opinion. While the act of tattooing your body is not a sin I believe that it is an activity which must be considered very carefully.
Before you permanently stick anything; whether its a symbol, a quote, a bible verse or portrait of you cat I think you need to really sit and ask yourself and God;
- Does this tattoo bring glory and honour to God?
- What is this tattoo celebrating?
- Is there symbolism or meaning behind this tattoo that goes against the word of God?
- Why is this tattoo so important to me?
- Where am I going to put this tattoo and who is going to be able to see it?
Personally, as a Christian, I will not be getting any more tattoos.
I got my tattoos before I was born again and I thank God that I didn’t have more money in university to spend on permanent ink. The tattoo on my arm is very obvious and can not be effectively covered by anything but long sleeves. And so while I don’t try to hide it, I try not to draw any extra attention to it. I no longer talk about it except to let others know that I do not think that Christians need tattoos.
It’s not that I am anti-tattoos. I’m certainly the last person to judge another person for having one. But in my journey of learning to have a healthy and authentic relationship with God, myself and others I have decided to focus my attention on appreciating the original work of God. I’m his masterpiece and I personally see my tattoos as having doodled on this beautiful work of art that He created. Going forward I intend to preserve His work as best I can by living in a healthy way the glorifies God. Taking care of my mind and body so that I can be His hands and feet in this world. Using makeup, clothes and personal appearance in a way that is modest and helps me to communicate the love of God to those around me.
This generation loves the idea of self-expression through body art. Turning your skin into a living breathing canvas is quickly becoming the new norm.
But when you look at what’s popular a lot of tattoos are a form of cultural appropriation. What white guy from North Dakota needs a Maori tribal tattoo?
Here are 10 top trending tattoo ideas that do not glorify God.
- Suns, stars, and moons
- Wings and feathers
- dream catchers
- horoscope symbols
- cultural tattoos
But what if you get a Bible verse or something that reminds you to praise God or be grateful.
Like I said, it’s not a sin. But here’s the thing.
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We need to get the word of God on the inside. Not use it as a medium to express our creativity to the world.
Because let’s be honest. One of the reasons the desire to get a tattoo is so strong is because it’s a little rebellious, sexy and bold. Not only that, but tattoos are addictive. Once you have one, you want another. Of course, that’s not true for everyone, but I spent enough time around tattoo artists and enthusiasts to know that for many it is an art form that becomes an obsession.
Here’s my advice.
Design your tattoo. Be creative. Get it professionally drawn up and designed. Then print it off, frame it and put it somewhere where you’ll see it every day for at least 6 months.
Then after 6 months decide if this is still something you want.
Ultimately the choice is yours.
God Bless You!
Readers, what do you think? If you’ve got a tattoo I know you’ve got an opinion on this topic. I’d love to hear your stories and opinions in the comments below.
Let’s talk about this!
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