Even though we as Christians are no longer under the Law it is a good idea to see what Scripture has to say about tattoos and body piercings.
“Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 19:28
Tattoos and body piercings were pagan practices.
We should ask ourselves if we are doing something which honors God. I think you’ll find that nearly all tattoos and body piercings are NOT honoring God. Remember:
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Further, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit so that is another reason we should keep them pure and undefiled by such pagan practices.
“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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
By the way, in a study performed by Rovardo & Colleen, 2010 women with body piercings were found to be more likely than women without to have premarital sex.
Nearly half of 26-40-year-olds (40%) and 36% of 18-25-year-olds have tattoos, and 22% of 26-40-year-olds and 30% of 18-25-year-olds have at least one body piercing, according to the Pew Research Center.
Finally I want to implore you, the reader, to think very carefully and to use discernment and prayer before getting a tattoo or body piercing. Ask yourself if what you are doing is honoring God or is it a manifestation of ego or narcissism. Once you get a tattoo it is permanent for all practical purposes. It is possible to remove tattoos using laser treatment, but it is very expensive and from what I’ve heard also very painful.
2 responses to “tattoos and piercings”
Huh! I thought the same of me! I have no tattoos or piercings, not even pierced ears! I remember a few years ago, at a bible study, I was the only one, males and females included, who did not have a tattoo! I agree with you. My body is a temple, one that God created, and it is not my place to re-create it! BTW, this is Lori Plotner.
Praise God Lori! I wish more Christians would follow your practice. Keep living the right way for Christ!