Hey Ladies! Happy Friday!! The week is over and I hear this weekend will be beautiful! Enjoy the beauty of God's creation - the sun, the new colors of Fall that are surrounding us, and your family which the Lord has blessed you with! So, I gotta ask when you hear the word tattoo what do you think about? Words like PAIN
Even the anticipation was painful!!!
and PERMANENT come to my mind!!! How about tattoos...on Christians? I know this is a controversial topic in the Christian community, but as tattoos become more mainstream and it seems everybody is getting them, has the controversy lessened?? I actually think as tattoos become more of the norm, people have become more opinionated about it. I have three tattoos. My 86 year old Grandpa has two tattoos from his days in the service on each forearm (I love that!!). My husband has three tattoos - one of which is Chief Wahoo - let's not go there...it was before we were married!! Nevertheless, people we love, people we respect, people we fear, people who get paid millions of dollars to play professional sports - they have tattoos. So what's the controversy...well it goes back, way back, to the Old Testament book of Leviticus, 19:28 - "You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves; I am the Lord." It's that verse that Christians reference to say tattoos are wrong. It is my understanding that the context of this verse was the Lord prohibiting the Israelites from continuing in customs which they had picked up from the Egyptians, who held them in captivity, such as slashing their bodies for mourning and tattooing themselves with pagan gods. The humorous part of this is that if we followed or were adamant about the rules in the rest of Leviticus, we wouldn't be able to eat red meat or shrimp (guilty here!). We'd have to separate ourselves from our family and friends for a full 7 days when menstruating (that'd be a nice break, huh?). We'd never be able to wear clothes that have more than two kinds of materials, and the list goes on!! I am making light of all of this, but the truth ladies is that we can't think a certain way or act a certain way just because we hear other Christians say it has to be that way or because this is what our Pastor says... We should gain understanding for ourselves why we believe what we believe. We should dig into to God's Word to find out what God says about various topics. Like I said, I have three tattoos. Two of them, I believe, declare Christ. One of them, is probably borderline sinful (again, my opinion). I say that because it's just there. It does nothing, it serves no purpose, I never see it, I never think about it....it is pointless. So you see, I have convictions that when I made a BIG decision to put something on my body that will be there forever and ever I should have made sure I was doing it for the glory of God. My first tattoo on my ankle is the ichthus (the fish symbol) - the symbol of being a follower of Christ. I actually got this on my first date with my husband! My third one is the word 'adopted' beautifully written in script on my wrist! With both of my previous tattoos I made it a point to pick places that I don't have to see daily and places that won't look awful when I am 60. But this one I purposely put on my wrist so the world would know, and I would be reminded, that I have been adopted. People who know our adoption story sometimes assume it is because I adopted Kevin and because Dan has adopted Courteney and Kevin.
But the real meaning behind it is that I have been adopted by Christ and that is the only reason why Dan and I chose to adopt Kevin, that is the only reason why Dan chose to adopt Courteney. Apart from being grafted into God's family, none of those things would have been our heart's desires. For those whom I meet and don't know my adoption story, well it definitely has served as an awesome conversation starter and given me the opportunity to share Christ. So let's hear some tattoo stories - do you still love what you have? If you could get one, what would it be? Should mothers have tattoos? Should Christians have them? What would you do if your son/daughter came home with one?? And anyone who has a tattoo can agree that they HURT!!!! Lots to talk about!!! I'd love to hear your opinion so leave a comment on Facebook OR if you read this early enough this morning, give Len and Sarah on the Morning Show a call and tell them your opinion about tattoos - (216) 525-0955!!
I wonder what Chico thought as he tattooed me with the word 'adopted?!'
Ladies, let me leave you with this from my bible study a couple of weeks ago:
Isaiah 49:16a (AMP):
Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands...
Remember, no matter what your view is on tattoos, God said we are all engraved in His hands...for eternity!!!!