Leviticus 19:28 "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD."
I'm sure all of us know someone who has at least one tattoo somewhere on their body. Some even go to our churches and say they are saved. Don't get me wrong...I'm not passing judgment and saying that all people who have tattoos are lost and on their way to Hell. Some people got them when they were unsaved and others have gotten them since being saved. Having or getting a tattoo will not send a person to Hell. People are just ignorant and unlearned about how God feels about tattoos. I do believe there are some saved people who know or have been told how God feels about them but just don't care how He feels and encourage others to get them or continue to have more put on their body.
It has become "the thing to do" and consider it to be "body art". It used to be that the only ones who had tattoos were heavy metal rockers, bikers, etc. Today people from all walks of life have them. It has become a fashion craze. Many of the professional athletes that our children look up to have them.
The National Geographic News put out a report that 15% of all Americans are tattooed. The Alliance of Professional Tattooists estimates that over 39 million Americans have at least one tattoo...60% of that number are women.
Our children are even being introduced to the tattoo. Toys such as dolls can be bought with tattoos. Temporary tattoos can be bought out of machines for children or come in boxes of some kinds of cereal as prizes for them to put on themselves. The average age for getting tattoos is 16 years of age. Some even receive their first "real" tattoo in their pre-teen years.
Tattooing is the country's fastest growing retail business. You don't have to go far here in the Atlanta area before you see a tattoo shop or a billboard advertising them. And these places are staying in business...they are not closing up shop.
The world has gone tattoo crazy.
Sadly though....tattoos are being welcomed among Christians. Among the fastest growing trend in the tattooing industry is the "Christian" tattoo shops.
I feel this is something that needs to be addressed in our Christian realm today.
I pray that this and the posts to follow will help those who may not know any better to see this subject in a different way and know and realize how God feels about people tattooing their body.