(Is it unchristian to get tattoos and body piercings?) 

Tattooing has become tolerable and nearly as common as grass. Only a few people are interested in scrutinizing very deeply into whether tattooing is a God glorifying act or not. This comes out of the fear that it might prevent them from their hearts desire, or trouble them regarding something that they have by now either done, or deciding to do. Reality is that, worldly traditions of today’s modern society have become so entrenched within Christianity, that our perspective of spiritual separation has been muddied. We are no longer focused on what pleases God, but rather our thoughts are of what would be satisfying to ourselves and how we can rationalize this spirit as that which is not carnal.

Proverbs 16:2-3 “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

 Lately the devil has introduced unrighteous oxymorons like “Gay Christians,” “Christian Divorce,” “Necessary Evil,” “Christian Liberty,” “Christian Rock,” “Carnal Christians,” and yes, “Christian Tattoos,” by this the line between the world and the church is blurred.

What is wrong passes for what is right, and worldliness is spoken of generously as Christian empathy.

Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

 God is fully aware that there are those who rationalize sin away as being righteous, and he is not mocked. This article is intended for those whose sense of right and wrong has not been seared and are really vexed by the troubling questions, “is it a sin for Christians to get tattoos or body piercings” or “should Christians get tattoos?” Tattooing and body piercing as defined by Tony Warren is ‘the vain marking, cutting or self-mutilation of the human body for the express purpose of pretentious display, adulation or admiration’.

In essence, you want others to see this portrait that you’ve had placed upon yourself, that you may in some way glory in it.
Is that a harsh evaluation? Of course, because the truth is a harsh and often bitter pill.

The book of 1st John 2:15-16 mentions that, this is the system of the world, not of those who are believed to be “set apart” or consecrated from the world for the service of God. We don’t need tattoos and body piercings to glory in, to attract converts, attention, to be prideful of, or to feel good about ourselves. We have the faith of Christ within us, ‘the genesis of humility and selfless service’.
Even as verse 17 continues in this same vein:

1st John 2:17 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”

 Proverbs 16:2-3 Plainly put, a person’s ways may seem inoffensive and blameless to him, however God does not gaze upon the outward exterior of things, and He sees the inward man. The hidden obstinacy, pride, ego, vanity, agenda and motives are all wide open and weighed by  The Lord. Whether people do this because of peer pressure, to be like the world, to fit in, to glory in, to rebel against something or to stroke their ego, it is not hidden from the Lord.

Tattooing is not just a new fad or trend, it is a symptom of a much greater spiritual problem in the world, which is getting worse.
With people getting multiple rings in noses, ears, in the tongue, eyebrow, navel and other unmentionable parts of their bodies, it is amazing to me that some Christians in superficial theologies can justify these acts as acceptable before God. Body marring cannot be justified as a Christian activity.

We might go so far as saying that it is near to committing sacrilege against this Holy Temple, because these are examples of the pagan actions of the worldly unsaved people. As Christians, we are the visible representatives of God on earth, and thus are to walk circumspectly. When God says that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, the direct inference is that we should honor it rather than disrespect and desecrate it. Its strength, symmetry, endurance and inherent beauty declare how wonderful a creator our God is. What can man’s tattoos, sundry metals or eye and nose jewels add to this creation but ego, unchristian ritual or paganism?

God knows the heart of man is full of excuses, justifications and self-delusion and He is not fooled by it. This pride and lust of the flesh is not something new, even for Christians. We should be able to understand that when people want something bad enough, they can rationalize away almost anything that the Bible has to say. So, should Christians get tattoos? The truth is, tattoos and body piercings are really a witness to worldliness, rather than to faith in Christ. Denying ourselves these worldly lusts demonstrate that we are a distinctive, a peculiar people,
a special people set apart from the world. Children of God are to handle their sanctification with all modesty, gravity and sobriety, taking special care that they do not expose themselves or their profession (by any inappropriateness) to contempt.

Could any of us “honestly” imagine Christ piercing His nose and putting rings in His ears because that was the worldly fad of His day, or because that might draw young people to Him? Could we imagine Christ having a cross, the Temple, olive trees, or grapevines tattooed on His arms and body as a witnessing tool? Of course we couldn’t. Knowing Christ (which true Christians do), the mere suggestion seems outright ludicrous. Aren’t we supposed to seek to be Christ-like? It is both disappointing and disheartening to see professing Christians intentionally stain, mar, deface and deform the body that the Lord made so perfectly. Just because something may seem inoffensive to the naive Christian, doesn’t mean that it actually is. There is the spirit of God and there is that which is of the world, between the two, only one is righteous and God glorifying.
Should Christians get tattoos or body piercings?

The answer is NO!!!! JESUS IS MY HERO