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What’s wrong with tattoos?

Guest Post by Dr. Steve Jeffery, Minister at Emmanuel Evangelical Church

Of the many issues worth considering here, one that’s well worth reflecting on is the issue of permanence. A tattoo effectively freezes the wearer in time. Whatever he (or she) is saying with the tattoo at the moment it’s done, (s)he’ll be saying for ever.

This is most obviously a problem if the design is inherently sinful – an explicit picture, a pagan religious symbol, or some profane language, for example.

But other seemingly more innocuous designs can also create problems. Your teenage girlfriend Julie might love the design, but Wendy will probably be less impressed when you finally marry her ten years later.

Even things that appear harmless can, with the passing of the years, end up as badges of immaturity: a profound slogan can quickly become banal, and a teenager’s edgy motto can be childish on the arm of a 35-year-old.

The bottom line is that growing up in every aspect of life – from basic Christian godliness to cultural appreciation – is an important part of Christian living. And a tattoo simply puts the brakes on.<>seo продвижение  ов

10 Responses to What’s wrong with tattoos?

  1. Theo Hoekstra says:

    Interesting comment; I wondered; “What about if you at a young age put something about belonging to Jesus on your body by way of tattoo?” But its striking that the sign of the covenant in the “immature” old covenant was in the flesh and visible, while in the maturity of the new it is something you cannot see but remember. Just a thought, not going anywhere with it.

    • SpurgeonReader says:

      When I graduated from Seminary in 2012, I got the tattoo of the cross with a banner put over my heart that read, “For the Glory of God”. I do not regret it at all, and in fact, it is a great conversation starter when I am in the hot tub on vacation, etc… No regrets.

  2. craig says:

    Leviticus 19:28 – case closed.

  3. Tim says:

    There is an interesting article that adds to this discussion and it can be found on Messiah’s congregation web site. The article can be found by typing “Tattoo you” in the search.

  4. Tim says:

    Correction for the post above. Website is Messiah’s congregation Brooklyn and in the search block type tatoo you.

  5. Verne kern says:

    I am 46 years old and have a photo of my wife of 25 years on one arm and my 4 children’s names on the other. Does not seem out of place.

  6. Sevrin McEwin says:

    If you get a Christian tattoo, that is just the thing to be frozen in time, right?

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