What Does The Bible Say About Christian’s And Tattoos?
Leviticus 19:28 says “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD”.
I have continually heard religious people cite Leviticus 19:28 to insult people merely because they have tattoos. As if that somehow makes them less human, less godly, or less Christian. So using the SAME chapter of the bible I ask those who cite the OLD testament law how they fair out…
Do you wear cotton and denim at the same time?
[Lev 19:21] “‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.”
Do you trim you side burns or your beard?
[Lev 19:27] “‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.”
Oh, there’s a LOT more to the law then this. I just scratched the surface of one chapter.
There’s lots of wisdom in the old testament, but when we start picking and choosing the laws we personally haven’t violated and which ones we can judge people by we miss the point. The law never made anyone righteous (Rom 3:20), and we are all hopeless under it.
God is not concerned about a tattoo. He’s only concerned about whether or not we believe in Jesus. Jesus changes the heart! It’s not what we put IN the body or ON the body that defiles us, but rather what comes from the heart that defiles us.
As believers Romans 6:14 says – “You are not under the law, but under grace”.
Take away: Let’s stop looking at tattoos and instead look at the heart. There’s a lot of great people out there wearing tattoos.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.