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9 Good Reasons to Get a Tattoo

<p> Before we get too excited (or downright furious) about good reasons to get a tattoo, let&rsquo;s not ignore the fact there are plenty of bad reasons. I&rsquo;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&rsquo;s motive behind getting a tattoo.</p> <p> <em>What is his or her heart behind it?</em></p> <p> 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&rsquo;s probably best that a person waits until they&rsquo;re able to better process the pros and cons.</p> <p> And then there&rsquo;s Leviticus 19:28, where it says to not <em>&ldquo;mark your skin with tattoos.&rdquo; </em>But a contextual reading reveals that God didn&rsquo;t want His people practicing the same things as the pagan nations, which included getting tattoos. But God also didn&rsquo;t want them piercing their bodies and, in verse 27, trimming their beards.&nbsp;</p> <p> So where does that leave us today? Is it possible to honor God <em>and </em>get a tattoo? Knowing that<em> &ldquo;people look at the outside appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart&rdquo; </em>(1 Samuel 17:7),<strong> let&rsquo;s see if we can find nine good reasons to get a tattoo.</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">Photo courtesy: ©Thinkstock/Rawpixel Ltd</span></p>