9 Good Reasons to Get a Tattoo

9 Good Reasons to Get a Tattoo

Before we get too excited (or downright furious) about good reasons to get a tattoo, let’s not ignore the fact there are plenty of bad reasons. I’m not talking so much about the related health risks and pricey fees, which alone should make someone think before they ink, rather a person’s motive behind getting a tattoo.

What is his or her heart behind it?

Is it to purposefully intimidate, scare, or offend others? Is it to impress a certain someone or to come across as edgy and hardcore? And what about getting a tattoo while intoxicated, while heartbroken, while bored, or while on Spring break? Under such circumstances, it’s probably best that a person waits until they’re able to better process the pros and cons.

And then there’s Leviticus 19:28, where it says to not “mark your skin with tattoos.” But a contextual reading reveals that God didn’t want His people practicing the same things as the pagan nations, which included getting tattoos. But God also didn’t want them piercing their bodies and, in verse 27, trimming their beards. 

So where does that leave us today? Is it possible to honor God and get a tattoo? Knowing that “people look at the outside appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 17:7), let’s see if we can find nine good reasons to get a tattoo.

 

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1. To Share Your Faith

The longer I’ve been a Christian, the more I’ve seen God’s Word go out in ways beyond my understanding. When my kids were little, they’d ask the craziest questions: “Can a person come to Jesus after reading John 3:16 on some dude’s muscly arm?” Why, absolutely!

Isaiah 55:11 says this about God’s Word: “I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it”—if that means onto the well-defined arm of a weightlifter, then so be it.

 

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