Why you shouldn’t wear a TATTOO
By Enyinnaya Iroadumba –
To start with, tattoo is any marking or pattern drawn on the body, which is usually done by making holes in the skin and filling them up with colour dye. There’s no denying that wearing tattoos these days seems to be what is in vogue; and just like every other piece of fashion, it is becoming rampant among Christian youths.
We must not all in the name of keeping up with the Jones do things without thinking them through. Like any other thing that has its bearing and beginning on planet Earth, tattoo, too, has its history. The history of tattoo can be traced as far back as when the children of Israel were still slaves in the land of Egypt.
It is the tradition of the Egyptians to identify with the idols they pledge allegiance to by marking symbols such as the eye of Anubis, images of Molec, mermaids and the likes, on their bodies; some even in memory of the dead, who are dear to their hearts. This practice was handed down from one generation to another, and this tradition was emulated by the children of Israel just like they did other devilish practices found among foreign tribes.
In Africa, this practice was popularized in the 1900’s when knife scars were serrated on the body of slaves by their masters to identify them in case they try to escape. The patterns that were drawn on the body of these slaves differed from one slave to the other; so, it was easy to identify as to who their masters were by mere looking at these patterns. It should be noted that no free-born was marked or identified in this manner. However, after the slave-trade era passed, some tribes in Africa retained the practice and inculcated it as a cultural practice; that is why some of our great grandparents have these tattoos on their bodies.
But, today, wearing tattoo has translated into another mode of ‘fashion,’ which everyone must patronize. It is common among celebrities, who adorn our television screens and has contributed immensely to its ravaging effect. Today, youths want to emulate these celebrities – throwing caution into thin air and paying defiance to the risks and significance involved.
This is one fact most lovers of tattoos are ignorant of. The first place such a mark was ever mentioned in the history of mankind was in the Bible. “… And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him” (Gen. 4:15).
First and foremost, tattoo is an identity of a cursed person. The story of Cain and Abel is a very familiar one. After Cain must have killed his brother, Abel, he was cursed and a mark set upon his forehead by the Almighty, who tampered justice with mercy. Secondly, tattoo is a mark of slavery, bondage, captivity – whichever adjective you choose to qualify it. Those who had them in those days were under captivity and had no freewill of their own; rather, they did the bidding of their masters. As we have read in history books, even the Egyptians, who offered their children to Molec as sacrifice, had no choice, since they were under obligation to do so. Little wonder, God the Almighty frowned at it and gave this command to the children of Israel in, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark you skin with tattoos; I am the LORD” (Lev. 19:28 [NLT]).
If it were Biblical, God himself wouldn’t kick against it. Some of these so-called celebrities, who have tattoos of skulls, flames, axes, eyes of Anubis, pyramids and what-have-you, are only identifying with the source through which they got their fame and fortune; and we follow suit sheepishly because every other person is doing it, not minding the significance. Criminals, gays, lesbians, cultists, bike gangs use these tattoos to differentiate themselves from every other person.
Getting a tattoo is not as easy as removing it. In fact, it has been proven that removing a tattoo is more expensive and painful than getting it; and in the case of a permanent tattoo, dangerous and risky procedures have to be used to remove it. Recent studies shows that those in the habit of wearing tattoos stand greater risk of contracting diseases such as cancer of the skin as well as HIV, among others. It is indeed a health risk not worth taking.
In some higher institutions in the country, once you have tattoo on your body, you won’t be issued an admission letter because those who have them are believed to be rogues, criminals, cultists and irresponsible individuals.
Why start what you can’t finish? If you are contemplating getting a tattoo because you are now 18 years of age and above, because your friend has one or your favourite celebrity has one, ponder on all we have discussed so far and ask yourself if it is worth taking the risk, bearing in mind that even God is against it. I believe you will make the right choice today.
Culled from revelation iv, Vol. 1 No.4, 2014