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Are Tattoos 'OK' today?

John Wesley — 'What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.'
The great Preacher and man of God John Wesley said it, and he was right.  What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.

Tattoos are NOT OK!
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O Praise Him!

I've had conversations with one or two people, who are Christians, and have tattoos, who claim that tattoos are OK.  Why is this?  In part, they are being mislead by leadership (who may themselves feel they have good intentions), in part, being mislead by Bible translations (please read this to see how the New Internation Version - NIV corrupts Isaiah 44:5 in relation to tattoos), in part, by society, but also in part, by themselves, that is, the rebellious flesh that we all have.

Tattoos have always been known, through common sense, to be associated with deviance, personality disorders, and sinful ways of living.  The heavy metal and rock industry is all about tattoos.  Criminal gangs like those in prison and TV shows Sons of Anarchy are heavily influenced by the tattoo culture.  Tattoos on one's back is traditionally associated with prostitutes.  Tattoos create the suggestion of wild partying, risky nights out, drinking, sexuality.  All matters of the flesh.

If common sense has deserted you, what does research say on the subject?

The Relationship between Tattooing and Deviance in Contemporary Society

Here is the abstract from "The Relationship between Tattooing and Deviance in Contemporary Society", 2012, by Joshua Adams, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York,
"Despite historical associations with deviance and marginality, tattooing is practiced by a diverse population in the United States today, leading some to argue that it has grown beyond its negative associations. Drawing on a nationally representative data set (n = 500) comprised of both tattooed and non-tattooed respondents, this analysis examines the social characteristics of those who are tattooed and the associations of tattooing with deviant behavior. Findings indicate that while tattooing has developed a broad demographic appeal, there remain some strong associations with deviance, particularly criminality. Specifically, highly visible placement of tattoos appears to be most strongly associated with deviant behaviors." Source.
Just because more people are getting tattoos, doesn't mean that tattoos are now OK.  They're not!  It just means that the world has became and is becoming more wicked.  What seemed bad a generation ago, seems OK now.  As John Wesley says, "What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace."

The Bible tells us in the last days that the world will become more wicked.
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;"  2 Timothy 3:1-4
Which is exactly what's happening in the world.  The more that people live in sin, the more that sin can appear normal.  It's important in these days to be wise! The Lord gives us great advice, that we should be as wise as serpents, but as harmless as doves, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16

We can live right for the Lord, be close to the Lord, maintaining our wisdom in the midst of wolves, whilst ourselves being harmless as doves.



O Praise Him!
O Praise Him!
Glory to God!
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” 1 Corinthians 6:20

 

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