So, my friend is dealing with a roommate that wants a Christian tattoo. You know, like a big cross on his back, or a picture of Jesus around his bicep? He wanted some advice.
What would you say?
Instead of being quick to speak, I went to the Sciptures (www.biblegateway.com).
So the Bible speaks of tattoo's twice. Once in Leviticus where it says, "No tattoo for you!" and once in Revelations where it says, "Jesus has one". The problem with saying NO to Tattoo's is that the Bible only prohibits it once and that is in the O.T. and the law is no longer binding on us. But before we all go and get a big tattoo of Jesus on our backs, we need to ask the question, 'why was that commandment there in the first place'. Is there any parallel wisdom that can carry over for us today? Being dogmatic where the Scripture is not, is never wise, but neither is being lackadaisical where the Scripture speaks. This issue isn't clear. But before getting your mark, ask yourself "Is this going to bring more glory to God, and less glory to myself?" If the Answer is Yes, and with a clear conscience before God you can get one, without causing a weaker brother to stumble, after much prayer and Scripture study, meeting with Godly men to affirm your decision... than happy tattooing! But as for me, I will stick with rub on, wash off tattoos!