So, yesterday I started a memoir of sorts on the ol’ blog. Naturally, talk turned to tattoos and their scriptural or unscriptural basis. Today I will talk about tattoos and you guys will probably discuss the Tribulation.
There is, to my knowledge, one specific Scripture about tattooing. Leviticus 19:28. This site has some good info and context for that. I haven’t checked out the whole site, and I’m not endorsing it. Just some good info there.
So I won’t really approach it so much from that perspective.
My mom and I sat and talked about this when she was in KC. She had seen someone she respected had a tattoo, and it shifted her perspective of them a little. In her generation, women who had tattoos were “girls that do”. You live on the edge, drink and party and get tats.
Not so much with us. We are a visual, creative generation. And many see their bodies as a canvas to express their hearts. Christians I know who are tattooed have symbols of praise, or pictures from Scripture or dreams… they feel they have marked themselves FOR God.
When the Jesus movement happened, many were disturbed by the hippies. They had long, unruly hair… ragged clothes and no shoes. They were accepted by Jesus, just as they were. He redeemed them. For some of them, when they walked into a church, they were misunderstood and rejected. They looked different. They looked like “the world”. And they were beautiful… true and raw and captured by God. A lot of the church missed out.
Was it sin to grow their hair out? To be ragged? Or was it their culture, the generation they lived in?
I’m not saying we accept every cultural norm. I’m saying let’s use discernment. What really matters to God?
In the eighties, the young and passionate found ways to express their love to God with loud instruments. They were FIERY and loud. The church shut the doors, in large part. Those gifted, powerful musicians found themselves outside, no accountability, little leadership. They were cheated. The Body was cheated. We missed it.
Now, you are standing face to face with painted warriors. They love God. They are creative. They are expressive and artistic. Weird hair, piercings, tattoos, strange music? Check. Power and passion? Check. Don’t miss it.