Rappers, athletes, actors/actresses, models, and even teens have tattoos. It must be addictive, since tattoo carriers rarely have just one. Some seem to have an overdose, as these permanent marks cover almost every part of their body with skin. Why? Popular views are that it looks hip, hot, intense, and “swaggarific”. Some tattoo their lover’s name on their bodies thinking it’s sentimental, and others use it as a form of identification, to show they’re part of a particular gang or clique. But whatever your reasons for wanting to get one—or two—or three, consider these facts before you do.
Your Body is Borrowed: The truth is, we do not have permission to deface the property of another. Our Heavenly Father created our bodies and entrust us with it. We have to take care of it as well as use it to honor Him. “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.” (1 Corinthians 6:19) And no, tattooing God’s name on your body does not qualify as honoring Him.
Unnecessary Pain: C’mon teens, you already have to deal with random headaches, heartaches, and pain associated with various illnesses such as the occasional infections. And girls, you know you have to deal with the annoying pain of “menstrual cramps.” Yet, sitting through minutes or even hours of torture for a tattoo is not a must or one of life’s pain you have to endure. It can be avoided all together.
Numerous Health Risks: Tattoos tend to look very cool, but the health risks associated with them is not worth their beauty. Dangers include tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C, and HIV. Then there’s the added misery of dealing with the itching, redness, swelling, and tenderness.
You Already Belong: You are already a part of the biggest family ever. You are God’s child. You need not do anything to be accepted or loved. Christ already took the marks for you when He was crucified on Mount Calvary. He carries the nail print in his hands and feet as a permanent sign that He cared enough to take our sins. This means you and I definitely belong to His family. Jesus literally bought us with His blood. “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
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