9. Kickin' it Back to the OT
When arguing against Christians getting tattoos, believers can often cite Leviticus 19:28, which seems to indicate that God doesn’t want His people to cut their bodies in any way (piercings, etc.) and get tattoos.
One, of course, must consider the cultural contextual clues for this rule. Several of the Old Testament laws just applied to that cultural context (as do some of the New Testament). I don’t know about you ladies, but as I write this article, I have a braid in my hair (1 Timothy 2:9) and my ears pierced.
But the existence of Christian tattoos can also serve as a reminder that the old covenant in the Old Testament, the one that required the Israelites to follow laws such as avoiding tattoos, has passed away thanks to God’s work on the cross and through his resurrection.
10. Testimony to Tattoo Artists
Although I do know several Christian tattoo artists, not everyone who takes up the profession also takes up a daily cross.
It takes several hours to get a tattoo, and that leaves lots of time to converse with the artist and share the reason why you’re getting a tattoo, or aspects of your testimony. God calls us to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth in the Great Commission, and sometimes the end of the earth might just be that tattoo shop on the corner of the street downtown.
So whether you want to get a tattoo, or your friend wants to take you along for moral support, make use of those several hours. You might strike up a good conversation that could lead to a life-changing experience that can stick with that artist longer than permanent ink.
Hope Bolinger is a literary agent at C.Y.L.E. and a recent graduate of Taylor University's professional writing program. More than 300 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer's Digest to Keys for Kids. She has worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams. Her column "Hope's Hacks," tips and tricks to avoid writer's block, reaches 2,700+ readers weekly and is featured monthly on Cyle Young's blog, which receives 63,000+ monthly hits. Her modern-day Daniel, “Blaze,” (Illuminate YA) comes out June 3, and is up for preorder now. Find out more about her here.
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