People love their tattoos and being a Christian doesn’t change that. Although tattoos are more common than ever, there’s an argument that this kind of body modification conflicts with Christian values. But those who love tattoos say it can be an important part of expressing the Christian faith so here are some reasons some Christians say tattoos are okay.
Tattoos are a permanent sign of loving God — Christian tattoo artists say their work is a ministry. While they don’t argue that most tattoo parlours are places that don’t glorify God, they point to their own shops as good places for Christians to explore body art which glorifies God.
Christians are free. The Bible verse Romans 8:1 emphasizes Christian freedom — it says, ‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’ So if you are free, you are free to express yourself as you wish, even if that means having a Jesus tattoo.
Scriptural prohibitions are taken out of context. While some point to the Leviticus 19:28 verse which seems to prohibit the practice of tattooing for Christians, some believe this verse really refers to false religious practices of the day, not a specific prohibition against body art.
Tattoos can give an opportunity to talk about Jesus. Many Christians use tattooing as a permanent way to remind themselves and others of the faith. Christian tattoos attract questions about faith and provide opportunities to give God glory by allowing the story telling of his Love to those who aren’t convinced yet.
God cares most about the heart. Christian tattoo proponents say that tattooed heart on your arm is far less important than the one beating inside your body and soul. Christian tattoos point to what is going on inside the body, not the outside. Proponents of Christian tattoos believe arguments against the body art are little more than vanity, pointing to Samuel 16:7 which says, ‘The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.