Find out first what it means to have a tattoo. Modern day believes it as an art, a statement of freedom to ones’ right to choose what they want to do with their body.

Just as the word is from God and He being the same God yesterday, today, and tomorrow, so is the fact that tattoos started from pagans who used it often to punish their prisoners, sinners of all types – including barbaric and violent people like the Huns, Picts, and Scynthians.

Now ask yourself why do you want to get a tattoo? There is pain, a feeling of relief, and a sensation that the flesh will yearn and ask for more. Not only will this please the flesh and what your eyes will see everyday for the rest of your life, but it will change, and it will fade. In time, what was once a beautiful rosé behind your leg will soon wilt to a discolored rose with vines (varicose veins :/ )

God’s word and promises will not change and nor will it fade. He died on the cross for all – everyone has sinned and all have fallen short before the glory of God. He does not want you to feel pain, nor be scarred by it… Thus His word,

“You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:28).”

The human body is so perfect in God’s eyes. So perfect, He says,

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1Corinthians 6:19-20).

A tattoo that represents God or to please God, is more pleasing to the flesh than what we think will please The Lord. God has already put what is pleasing to Him already in His word.

Finally, decide whether your decision to get a tattoo (or not) is based off the human flesh (a physical need), Your faith in God, or the freedom of choice.

Now that you know the origin of tattoo (whether it be from a culture, another religion, belief, or social history), as a Christian, whether you’re a follower or leader, ask yourself this one last question and choose:

“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” -Joshua 24:15

We all have the right to choose how we want to walk our path, but if one chooses to stand differently from others and wants to help lead as one of God’s warriors, do so with discernment and wisdom. Be truthful to the word and realize that our actions speak louder than words. We must be careful on WHAT is encouraged so that we don’t discourage WHO should be encouraged.

The Lord God suffered and died on the cross with a crown of thorns, nails on His hands and feet, and whips that’s so skin deep, He bled with every strike. What more is the meaning of His sacrifice if His word means nothing at all.

His tattoo is a scar that will forever open the gates of heaven for our hearts to choose whether His death makes us worthy of His love.

– Crown of thorns
– Log
– purple drape

“Walk back and forth!”

{Response to a Christian Friend’s inquiry about tattooes in October 2012}

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