There has always been some controversy surrounding Christian tattoos so if this idea appeals to you but you are unsure about whether it is right or wrong according to your faith then there are certain factors you need to consider before you proceed. It is thanks to the biblical verse in the book of Leviticus 19:28, that this subject has been hotly debated for centuries. This states, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord,” which many consider to be a clear prohibition of all body art however if you look at the verse in context you may arrive at a different interpretation. This specific verse is referring to the religious rituals of Pagan people who lived close to the Israelites at that time and many believe this was simply God’s way of setting his people apart from other religions, many of which involved heathen worship or witchcraft. The verse in question, therefore forbids His followers from worshipping false idols and avoiding heathen practices or rituals which would lead them away from their one true God. Some pagan funeral rituals involved cutting marks, similar to tattoos, on the bodies of the dead so some believe this verse simply refers to that and is nothing to do with the modern practice of tattooing.
If you wish to play homage to your religion and opt for a tattoo that openly expresses your faith to the world, then surely you are making a positive statement that displays your beliefs for all to see? Many young Christians in particular see nothing wrong in Christian tattoos and this younger generation is happy to join the trend for body art with a meaningful design that proclaims their devotion to Christianity. Aside from the obvious cross or crucifix designs, other favourite images that follow this theme include Jesus, Madonna and child, Jesus fish designs, praying hands and the sacred heart. Biblical quotes are also popular for tattoos that use text instead of images and some may even go for a full scripture in an elaborate written font-style on a larger canvas of skin.
For anyone who is seriously considering Christian tattoos it is important to make sure you are doing so for the right reasons. It would not be a good idea if you wanted to do so simply as an act of rebellion to disobey your parents, however if you want to draw attention to the glory of God rather than to yourself, then this would be more appropriate. If you are a younger Christian who has recently found their faith, you may wish to consider the longevity of such a design. After all, if this is just a passing fad or something you are doing to please or impress another then you may regret your decision further down the line and will be left with a permanent reminder of your foolish whim. At the end of the day, this decision is ultimately between you and God so as long as your heart and your motives are pure then there is no reason you will not be happy with the end result.