Christians with Tattoos

Christians with Tattoos

I have always been fascinated with tattoos and have been getting “inked” since I was 18. When I became a Christian in 2007 I felt ashamed of my tattoos and had some removed, which was very painful. It took me several years to realize I can be myself and be a good Christian. Part of being me is having tattoos. I love Jesus and tattoos.

My most recent tattoo is a bible verse around my wrist. The top says 2 Corinthians 12:9 and the under side says “My Grace is Sufficient.” Paul had a thorn in his flesh and asked God three times to remove it. God’s reply was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” I struggle with health issues and this verse reminds me no matter how bad I feel, God’s grace is all I need. I often notice other Christians glance at my tattoo, seemingly afraid to mention it. I don’t mind if people stare, ask me about it, or even grab my wrist and have a close look. I love this tattoo!

Some Christians avoid tattoos because of , but scripture should always be read in context. Leviticus 19: 26 28 says, “You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying. You shall not shave around the sides of your head, nor shall you disfigure the edges of your beard. You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.”

If I shouldn’t get a tattoo because of this, should Christians also eat according to the old Jewish laws and cut their hair and beards a certain way? No, because we aren’t under the Old Testament law, but we do need to be careful. When considering a tattoo, a Christian should always think about whether or not it will please God.

My tattoos are intended to glorify God. Everywhere I go people ask about the one on my wrist and I share my faith with them. I also spoke with the tattoo artist about this bible verse, told him my personal testimony, and discussed Jesus’ miracles. My husband got a tattoo a couple of years ago and shared the gospel with the artist. He was pleasantly surprised, telling my husband he was the first Christian to ever show kindness to him. We prayed for him together and hope the love of Jesus touched his heart.

I don’t recommend tattoos to others because I don’t want to influence them either way. They aren’t for everyone and should be carefully considered. Christians, make sure you pray about it and glorify God with your body art. Because I have tattoos, there are people I can speak to about Jesus who otherwise may not listen. And don’t be afraid to ask someone about their tattoos. Most of us love talking about them, especially ones with a purpose like mine.

Published by Beth Stauffer

Beth is an Evangelical Christian and homeschooling veteran (Air Force). She is married with two sons and enjoys hosting exchange students. She realized her passion for writing shortly after high school and,. View profile

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