Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37Now, before you think that I am a rebel and don’t follow rules, I’ll tell you that I have a respect for the law. I follow rules. I believe there is a place for laws and rules and believe most of them are for our protection. It’s like the rules I have in place for my sons. If I’m home alone with Seth and I need to shower, the rule is that he has to either play in his room or sit and watch TV without getting up. Period. He can’t go outside and he can’t wander around the house. Why? It’s for his safety. What if he went outside while I was in the shower and wandered off? What if he went into the kitchen and decided that he needed to use a knife? The outcomes of both of these scenarios would not be good. I know this, therefore, I put rules in place. And ultimately, it’s for his safety and protection. (And so his momma won’t go lookin’ a bloomin’ fool yellin’ “Sether Joe” throughout the whole neighborhood. I’m just sayin’.) One other particular passage that many have used when it comes to our bodies is found in the sixth chapter of 1 Corinthians, verse 19:
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…The context surrounding this verse is talking about sexual immorality, but verse 20 finishes with “Therefore, honor God with your body.” Many will say that tattoos don’t honor one’s body. If that is the case, then do greasy burgers or fatty french fries or breast enlargements or tummy tucks or highlights in the hair? The list could go on. In one particular comment by Mandy, she said, “When in doubt, don’t.” While that may not work for everyone, it works for her and actually, I must say that it works for me from time to time. However, not in the case of tattoos. For me, I just don’t want one. I don’t want to ever feel like I have to cover it up if I’m at a particular event. I don’t want to be concerned that something might go wrong with the ink in my blood. It’s just not my thing but I have absolutely nothing against them. (I have, on the other hand, considered a nose ring. Did I say that out loud?) However, tattoos work for puh-LEN-tee of others. And that’s just fine and dandy with me. In fact, so many people I know have them. Many of my Christ-following friends use them either to bring glory to God or to remind themselves of whose they are. I am constantly putting temporary tattoos on my sons 🙂 I feel certain one day that both of them will want to get one. I just hope it’s not on their gorgeous faces. Dear Lord, no. Let me conclude with one final passage of Scripture that might sum things up a bit on this controversial issue:
Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive.
1 Corinthians 10:23Are tattoos permissible? I believe they are. Are they beneficial and constructive? I believe they certainly can be. I also believe some might not be. And that, my internet peeps, is my two cents. And all God’s people said? Amen.