I'm A Christian And I Have A Tattoo
Start writing a post

I'm A Christian And I Have A Tattoo

But doesn't the Bible say you shouldn't tattoo your body?

I'm A Christian And I Have A Tattoo

As an openly Christian woman, one of the most common questions I'm asked is about my tattoo. Some will ask, "But doesn't the Bible say you shouldn't tattoo your body?" Others will say, "If you're a Bible-believing Christian, why did you decide to get a tattoo?" Well, these are all valid questions; so, I thought I should address them.

Yes, the Bible does say people shouldn't get tattoos on their bodies. Yes, I still believe this is true, even though I myself have a tattoo. It says in scripture:

“Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord." - Leviticus 19:28 (NLT)

So, can Christians get tattoos? Yes, yes they can.

Why do you ask? Well, if you read Leviticus 19 and are familiar with the historical context of the time it was written, then you might be aware that there are a few important key factors that must play a role in assessing this passage. First, you must note that Leviticus is extremely specific on why the Lord told the Pagans not to tattoo themselves. To put it simply, it is a contextual issue, not a covenantal issue.

To understand this passage you should start by asking yourself, "Why were the Pagans tattooing their bodies?" During this time, the Pagans were tattooing their bodies as a sort of idol worship, meaning that they were worshiping images that were not God. To participate in this type of worship, they would either cut, brand, or tattoo their bodies for the memory of the dead as a sort of idol worship. Now, the last part of this verse is very important. It says, "I am the Lord." When putting this into context, the Lord is telling the Israelites that they should not follow in these false practices of other idols like the Pagans, but that HE is the one and only Lord.

I personally have a tattoo on my arm that says, "Do not fear."

The Bible uses the phrase "do not fear" 365 times, one for each day of the year. God did not make us to live a life of fear. Living a fearful life is the opposite of living a faithful life. Prior to college, I spent most of my life fearing the world because of the evil people in our world. I feared man and I feared/hated God for so long; I felt completely helpless and alone. Now I know the truth.

Proclaiming that Jesus died on the cross to free me from fear saved me, and I never want to go back to living a fearful life. God promises he will protect me. God promises that he alone is my refuge, my place of safety (read Psalms 91), and I believe Him and all his promises. For he is my God and I am His child and nothing could ever change that.

I have been saved knowing that there is a God and he will always be there for me, even when I can't see him. After learning that, what is there to be afraid of in this life? I wanted to get this tattoo because it reminds me of who I was before and who I am now as I live my life for Christ.

Getting a tattoo is, in a sense, branding the things you care about on your body for public display. I am putting on display my love of Christ. I am displaying my faith.

In life, be careful what you put on display. But, if you are a Christian and you do have a tattoo, it's OKAY, especially if you're displaying your love of our Lord and Savior, too.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.


The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments