The world of tattoo acceptance has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Way back when, most of the tattoo sporters were men, bikers, convicts, and those in uniformed service. Now, tattoos are on everyone -- your best girl friend, your barely legal nephew, your pastor even! How has your opinion changed?
Growing up in a religious household, I was taught that tattoos defiled God's temple (aka our bodies) and were wrong. I've judged many tattoo bearers negatively for many years for this reason. Wrongly I must say as we are guided by God's word not to judge others. But, is a tattooed body an abomination to God? Really, is it?
I'm still not sure myself because of the way I was raised, but in reality, I think tattoos are cool! (Sorry, Mama if you're reading:). Of course, there are those who overdo the art in my opinion. I definitely believe it's wrong if the art itself is placed above God, our Father. But whose to say that tattooing ourselves is wrong Biblically when we dye our hair and pierce our ears and other less accepted areas like belly-buttons and noses? Dyeing may not be permanent but piercings generally are.
I have thought about getting a tattoo, but the permanence scares me. What if it looks hideous? How will others see me? Will it look as good as it does now when I'm 85? Seriously. This has crossed my mind. And the obvious question, is it wrong? My views of tattoo bearers have changed a lot. In many cases I am accepting and sometimes even downright in awe. But, still some tattoo sporters scare me.
In my search for answers I came across this article about Christians in support of tattooing. There are some good points; however, I'm not saying that I agree with everything.
Do you believe tattooing is wrong, if so why? Would you get a tattoo? Do you have a tattoo? Do you look at others differently if they have tattooes?