Christian Body Art

This past weekend was Youth Advance, the lovely early March youth conference at church.  The topic of this year’s conference was “Reborn”, referring to the rebirth that comes through faith in Christ.  Each attendee and staff member received this neat removable tattoo in the shape of the conference logo which is a heart with the words “YA 2011 Reborn” inscribed in the chambers of the heart.  I was intrigued by this idea and it has lead me to research Christian tattoos.  For most of my life I have not been a fan of tattoos just because I didn’t like the idea of having something permanently drawn on your skin.  What happens when you are 65 and your skin gets wrinkly and saggy and the tattoo looks horrible?  What if you got something tattooed on you when you’re young that you regret as a mature adult?  Or if you meet a woman who doesn’t like tattoos???  But a couple of my friends, including my ex-girlfriend, have tattoos that are very aesthetic and discrete and over the last few years I have to admit I’ve sort of become a fan.  After becoming a Christian I didn’t really think that Christians shouldn’t get tattoos because God hates them, rather I saw them as an art form through which Christians can visually display their faith.  A friend of mine was saved in 2008 and shortly after his conversion had a simple black cross tattooed on the back of his forearm just above his wrist.  My ex-girlfriend has a Jesus fish on the side of her right foot and the Latin phrase “Sovereign grace” on the top of her other foot.  I know some people don’t like tattoos because our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit and tattoos are mostly meant to represent pagan ideas and values.  But since there is no mention in the Bible about tattoos, I believe we are at liberty to do such to our bodies as glorifies God and not causing us or others to sin.  Especially after Youth Advance, I am more attracted to tattoos than ever before, Christian ones that is.  I have never seriously considered getting one before, but now I am actually toying with the idea.  I have no idea what or where I would get one but I like to search the internet for the best looking ones for ideas.  Here are some of my favorites.

"Jesus Saves" battle-clad Jesus defeating Satan









not of this world

"For I bear on my body the marks of Jesus"

gotta love Becks' neck cross