One of my favorite CLCers writes, “What does the Bible say about tattoos and what I would call extreme body piercings? Is this defacing your body? Are tattoos “wrong” in God’s eyes?
Great question, especially since this has become such a popular practice in recent years. You asked for my thoughts, so I’ll give them:
I’m old-fashioned. You know I grew up in an ultra-conservative, legalistic church with all sorts of dress codes that we called ‘holiness standards’. Many times I’ve wished we could somehow have a little compromise between what seems to be accepted in today’s church versus the church of my youth. But I digress.
Honestly, I don’t like tattoos or piercings. We’ve had more than one ‘debate’ with our own children about them….won a few and lost a few. But from a Biblical standpoint, I don’t feel I have adequate support from the Scriptures to forbid them at CLC, since, in all honesty, the Bible doesn’t address this specifically – unless you want to use Leviticus 19:28. That verse may sound clear at first glance, but if you consider the context, which was about avoiding heathen practices and which also includes other prohibitions that we practice everyday (see verses 19 and 27)
Pastor Craig Groeschel answered this question via video as well as anyone can (in my humble opinion). Take a look at this and see if it answers your question. I would also ask anyone considering either to prayerfully consider 1Cor 6:19-20 and examine their heart-motive for ‘wanting’ the tattoo or the piercing.
Hope that helps. Now, what would YOU like to Ask the Pastor?