Hey Everyone! So I know this is a very controversial subject and I am very excited to hear everyones thoughts on it so please comment! This is just my opinion and what I believe is the interpretation of scripture as I read it and the Lord guides me. But we are all in need of growth and correction, so please feel free to say whatever you want.
Okay…so first off…who wears a shirt/dress/any type of clothing made of two types of material? Did you know that was a sin? Who (if you plant) has different types of plants in the same field? Who eats fruit from the first year of harvest from a tree? Who eats red meet? Who shaves their head or beard? Did you know all those things I listed are “sins”? They are found in the same chapter where it is written “You shall not make any cuts on yourselves for the dead or tatoo yourselves”. (Leviticus 19) But does much of the Old Testament even apply to the Christian walk today? Christ came to fulfill all the rules and the law, to become the payment of our sins so we didnt have to live by the law, but it became a heart and relational issue instead. The law was fulfilled but that doesnt mean we are free to do anything we want. He left us with two difficult comandments; Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. If we follow these commands we will follow the “law” or cammands that are still valid. Chist got rid of many of the rules that people had to follow but there are some that still apply today.
When God spoke that, people were cutting and marking on themselves to morn for the dead and to honor them and ultimatly making the dead an idol by the way they were honoring them with their bodies. It was paganistic and God, being the jealous God he is, didn’t want them worshiping other gods or people. So a big question we have to answer for ourselves is this…are tatoos made to create beauty on the body today the same as the tattoing (cutting, piercing, etc) being done in Leviticus?
So many times people like to take the laws from the OT that back up an opinion or a belief of their own. If you want to use one law from the OT and say it is valid today then you should take all of the OT laws and follow them. You cannot say one is valid because it suits you but not take another because its to hard or isn’t our “culture” today.
Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 6:15) and we should keep our bodies pure and undefiled if we are the temple. If you eat McDonalds is that a sin? Yes and no… if you eat it because you like it that’s fine. If you eat it all the time and get fat and unhealthy so that you aren’t able to serve the Lord in areas he wants you, then yes, that is a sin. Paul said “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything.” You see, some things I can do that might be a sin for you. And you can do some things that would be a sin for me. This is likely the HARDEST part of our Christian walk. We were all called through His grace, we are all one body but we all have a different job and a different function that makes the body work. We are all the same yet very different.
God created us all with different weaknesses and strengths, but I think all to often we think of everyone else is having the same struggles and successes we are. It all comes down to a matter of the heart, the motives and the convictions of one person in their OWN relationship with our Savior. I think if someone wants to go get a tat to glorify God that is awesome! As with anything else if it is to glorify God we should be excited and encouraging others in every aspect of their life, even if it isn’t something we would do. Of course there are sinful things that none of us at any time should do. It is never glorifying to God to lie, steal, cheat, murder, have an affair, look in lust upon someone, hate someone, be lazy, spiteful, proud, or unjoyful. Maybe for some a tatoo or a piercing can be a good way to start a conversation with someone about Christ and who knows, it might just be that seed that was planted in bringing them to the Lord. It can be a part in making you belong to a culture and open doorways to speaking with people.
And to round the argument off..here is where it gets sticky. If someone wants to get a tat to be rebellious then yes that is definatley a sin. If you are getting a tatoo to show off, fit in, or make people notice you then I would say you probably shouldn’t get one. Find your identity in Christ, not a mark on your skin or jewelry or clothing. Our walk with Christ is 100% dependent on our motives. Are you going to glorify God by getting a tatoo? Maybe, maybe not! That is between you and God to decide. Our outward man does not make up our inward holiness. We are all, no matter how beautiful or ugly in others eyes, a reflection of God and His love. We need to remember this and continually stay in focus with the right lenses on. Others are looking at us and seeing a reflection of the God we claim to serve. Christ challenged every area of society when he was on earth. He didn’t please the crowds, the seemingly righteous, or the leaders of His time. He pleased God, His Father and ours, and that was his focus…and needs to remain ours.
In every area of life we need to ask ourselves if we are living to glorify God or glorify our flesh. =>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7W4I0tQZps