Should Christians have tattoos today?

Pastor Pearl writes

In the Old Testament the Lord commanded His people. “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you; I am the Lord” (Lev 19:28). The marks that God prohibited were actually identification with the heathen religion, tribe or other gods; acts of worshiping a heathen god, or other forms of rebellion against God. God did not want His people to identify with heathen cultures, religions or gods. Therefore, God demanded no compromise with these heathen practices. Markings in reverse indicated that the person was not a part of God’s people. When a person becomes a follower of God, he normally covers his markings in repentance of the old, but also out of embarrassment for his former rebellion against God.

Today, tattoos are called “body art’, suggesting that God’s creation of the body was not beautiful, nor was it perfect. Does a person have to add art to the body to complete the design? The Christian should realise that his or her body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you…and you are not your own?” (1 Cor 6:19). Since your body is God’s sanctuary, where His presence dwells, many feel that putting tattoos on the human body is like putting graffiti on the church building. We, as Christians, want to be identified with God, and not with our former lives. Contact Pastor Peter on 073 106 1819.

Pearl Dyer

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