Girl to Girl Talk: Are Tattoos Sinful?
Written by Christi Given | March 11, 2013
Every week I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
This week, a PI girl is wondering if tattoos are wrong or sinful. She wrote:
I personally think it depends on WHAT the tattoo is. I honestly think it…depends on like what it is, the size of it, and the placement of it…my brother-in-law has a GORGEOUS sleeve tattoo that he designed himself and took it to a Christian tattoo artist (so there was nothing morally wrong about it), plus he also took size in careful consideration and only had the tattoo go 3/4 of the way down his arm that way he can cover up the tattoo with a 3/4 or long sleeve shirt.
Girls, we all know we need to respect and honor our bodies as God’s temple. We are called to be set apart from the world…but does that mean that getting a tattoo is sinful?
Leviticus 19:28 states:
“Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.”
The above scripture is often cited as a primary reason Christians shouldn’t get tattoos. And for Presbyterian Pastor Joe Mullen, Leviticus 19:28 is something we just can’t ignore.
I think we need to ask ourselves whether we’re trying to create a special identity that marks us — and really, in Jesus, we have our special identity.(Pastor Joe Mullen, CBN News).
Others believe in a less literal translation. Randy Mastre, a tattoo artist and founding member of the Christian Tattoo Association, thinks the message of Leviticus is different from that traditional interpretation.
The word ‘tattoo’ is not in biblical manuscripts…This verse in Leviticus has nothing to do with tattoos (Randy Mastre, beliefnet.com).
Rather, for Mastre, tattoos are all about the intent behind the tattoo and what’s in your heart.
My opinion? I’m not against tattoos, but I wouldn’t get one myself. I WOULD caution against getting a tattoo if you are doing it for attention, to rebel against your parents, or if you are just plain bored. Remember PI readers, whatever you tattoo on your body is there for life–that is, unless you want to pay a lot of money to get it removed (and it is never really fully erased!). Also, tattoos are expensive, so think about where you are investing your money and if that is God’s will for you to get it.
What is YOUR opinion on tattoos? Would you ever get one? What do you think the meaning of Leviticus 19:28 is? God bless you, PI girls!
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