Posted: September 26, 2020
Author: Coria Brock
Romans 6:1-4, ESV
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
For many Sundays while on the way home from church my husband and I passed through a shopping area located downtown. One thing that upset me was seeing the number of people waiting in line in front of a tattoo shop. There were many more people waiting for this tattoo shop than would even attend a small church. As for me, I cannot understand why getting a tattoo would make anyone feel prettier? Or bring a unique image of ourselves out? Rather, I feel sad if someone does not know that they are created beautifully by God and they are already made unique. What is even worse is when people regret the tattoo on their body and find that there is no way to undo it. Ultimately, when they remove it, it leaves a scar.
This thought reminded me of a similar concept, that the things we did and the decisions we made in the past, which were against God and that we regret, would finally one day leave us with a scar in our lives as well. No matter how much we hope and desire to undo it, we only find that there is no way to undo it.
When we face this situation the bible tells us what we should do, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” (Philippians 3:13b, NIV) It also goes on to tell us that we should not make the same mistake again but we should repent and learn from it. (John 8:11, Hebrews 10:26).
“How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Hebrews 6:2b-4, ESV)
As we grow up, we all experience the process of learning right and the wrong, good and the evil and how our decisions bring consequences. If we have already learned the truth and see the light, then we will know that it is through Christ that we are forgiven and made clean. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV) Also, we must not allow ourselves to be tempted to walk in the same path, make the same decision, or do the same thing which brought us regret in the past. Christ was raised from the dead once and in our repentance, Christ has become our Savior. By Him and through Him we become new and can walk in newness of life.
Back to the topic of tattoos, as I said before, this is not a choice I will make. If I am an ambassador of Christ, I believe we should live that out in our life rather than carry any symbol on our outward appearance. I should meditate and remember the word of God and write them down in my heart, rather than placing them on my body. This is my choice, a choice I made according to the understanding I have in the Word of God.