By Jackson Young
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
This verse is one of the main reasons Christians view tattoos as a bad thing. But we don’t only look at the Bible, everywhere we look we see professional athletes, celebrities and other public figures covered in tattoos. Because these people are usually not good Christian role models we label tattoos as evil, and then don’t give this controversial subject anymore thought. But is it more complicated than we think? Is it not just about looking cool?
Let’s take a look at a good Christian role model that does have tattoos, freshman humanities teacher Shawn Harrild. Harrild has a total of three tattoos. The first one he says he regrets, he got it out of peer pressure. But the other two are purely scriptural. One is a picture of the armor of God from Ephesians 6 and the other is the crown of thorns worn by Jesus as He was dying on the cross.
“These two tattoos have opened doors to share the gospel with other people.” said Harrild.
He spoke about what it is like to have a tattoo, when someone sees your tattoo, they always want to ask you about it. He said it is the perfect segue into explaining the meaning behind his tattoos and his faith in Jesus Christ. Not all tattoos are bad after all. If you use them to further God’s kingdom and for His glory, they can be good. But if you get a tattoo thinking about how it is going to benefit you, then you should not be getting one. But above all, always think about what you are doing before you do it. Even if you are getting a tattoo for the right reasons you might regret having a permanent mark on your body. A tattoo stays a very long time.
Photo by Ashton Landis