I was listening to Laura Ingraham this morning and she was talking about new codes in Washington, D.C., for tattoo parlors. Given that so many listen to her show, I thought I would present the Biblical truth concerning tattoos. Let me be clear, Laura was neither pro or against tattoos, but was against the D.C. city council and their nanny-state actions.
I am opposed to getting tattoos. It is sinful to get a tattoo.
Why do I say this? Because the Bible does. We have to remember that something is a sin if God says it is a sin. Leviticus 19:29 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.
The reason being is that tattoos are marks of different gods and images on the body. The principle behind this is that when we become Christians, our bodies no longer belong to us, but belong to the LORD. He has purchased us with His blood, therefore our bodies are to remain free from such markings, which have their origins in the pagan gods.
1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
Some might say: “but Timothy, the Old Testament Law doesn’t apply.” Yes, it does. But not in the same way as it did to political Israel. The principle of the Laws are always applicable even though dietary restrictions have been removed (see Glenn Davies on this here). The point is that we don’t belong to ourselves, we belong to Christ. He had to go to the cross for the sin of tattoos. Therefore, we should respect His restriction on this matter given in the Old Testament because we belong to Him. In other words, He didn’t die on the cross so that we could sin against the Father in order to get a tattoo. He wants to set us apart from the world, not become the world. Surely we can die to this sin and encourage our young children to no longer get tattoos?