Should a Christian get tattoos

At a point not to long ago, I entered what seemed to be a never ending debate on the issue of tattoos. Christians and non-beleivers alike both argue for and against tattoos for various different reasons. The main argument that I heard for tattoos as being acceptable by the Christian community is this: contextualize the very verse that condemns tattoos. See for yourself that if they aren’t acceptable, then neither is a majority of the food we eat.

I stumbled upon this video:

Jefferson Bethke shares his opinion about tattoos and how he came to the conviction that tattoos are okay. After doing my own study, I’ve come to a conclusion that is quite the counter, and came to the attention of what I believe to be some big loopholes in what seems to be a solid argument.

1. The argument about food: Mark 7:19 – For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean.”). Jesus declared all foods clean, but never once did he declare tattoos clean. They remain just as unclean as they were when they began, and the principal of not tattooing yourself remains untouched.

2. Worship of God in pagan ways: Deuteronomy 12 : 12 “These are the statutes and judgments which you shall be careful to observe in the land which the Lord God of your fathers is giving you to possess, all the days that you live on the earth. You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire; you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place. You shall not worship the Lord your God with such things.

Some people view tattoos as an acceptable way to worship God, or to remind oneself of God’s promises, or to mark themselves for His Glory. As Jefferson clearly pointed out, the history of tattooing began in pagan worship for the dead, so what makes us so daring to think that we can worship God in a clearly pagan-originated way? 



~ by cheynejj on January 23, 2013.

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