Why I Don't Have Tattoos + What the Bible Says about Tattoos

Happy Thursday everyone! I am sorry to have missed my blog post on Monday, but with last week being so busy with VBS and then Father's Day, it completely slipped my mind to shoot an outfit! We will be back at it this coming Monday :)
Today's post can easily seem controversial from the title, and to some it might come across that way. I wanted to open up my blog for discussion about this topic rather than preaching about why I think it's "wrong". 

I get asked all of the time why I don't have tattoos and why I never plan on getting one and the most obvious answer in my mind is because it is painful and expensive, duh! :) I don't have a high pain tolerance and would rather spend money on shoes so that is the superficial reason why I would never get a tattoo (also because I feel like as a teacher it would be unprofessional to have distracting tattoos and piercings). I also always felt like piercing and tattooing my body didn't portray me as a Christian but never had evidence to back this up.

I did some research on what the bible has to say about tattoos and decided to compose my thoughts into this post. If you interpret The Word in a different way please comment and tell me your own thoughts! I am no biblical scholar so I am just basing everything off what the bible clearly states.

The most obvious verse regarding this topic is Leviticus 19:28 "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord." There is a lot of research that people have conducted about the reason for tattoos during certain times and in some cultures it is seen as an act of worship to dead gods. I know everyone isn't going around getting tattoos for that reason but the bible says clearly to not mark your bodies.

I often hear people say that they don't think of it as a big deal because it's "Their bodies, they can do what they want". This shouldn't be the attitude of Christians though because these bodies aren't ours. Our bodies are the temple of God. 1 Corinthians 3:17 says "If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person; for God's temple is sacred, and you together are that temple." 

Our bodies are not our own and they are to be viewed as temples of God. We are to take care of ourselves because God made us after his own image. 1 Corinthian 6:19-20 says "Do you not know that your bodies are temples 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. Therefor honor God with your bodies." 

To many of you this may seem "old-fashioned" or "overly conservative" but if anything, many of us can agree that Christians should look different than most everyone else right? Our lives should look different than everyone else because we aren't following the crowd, but rather following Jesus. Proverbs 21:5 says "The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty." This verse tells us that we Christians shouldn't be making permanent decisions out of haste or in a hurry to just follow a fad. 

I will finish my little spill with one final verse. Romans 12:1-2 says "Therefor, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing, and perfect will."

I am not stating in this blog post that if you have tattoos that you are an awful person and horrible Christian because that isn't true. Some of the most kind people I know who walk so closely with God have tattoos. However, I challenge those of you who are considering getting your first/ next tattoo to consider these verses.

Do you think Christians should have tattoos? Let me know if the comments below! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this topic! Talk to you again on Friday!

xoxo

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