By Tabitha Baxter
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must
love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one
another.” John 13:34-35
Meeting new people can be super exciting! I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who I couldn’t learn from in some way. No two people are the same no matter how many common interests. Everyone has a unique voice. Everyone has a story to tell. It is definitely agreeable that people are very interesting to say the least!
High Percentage of People with Tattoos in US
According to an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll, given in 1999 asking “Does someone in your home have a tattoo? 21 percent who gave a response said, “Yes, someone in their household had a tattoo.” Today, that percentage has doubled to 40 percent.
Tattoos Given a Bad Reputation
Tattoos in the United States are often frowned upon. Tattoos have a reputation for being unprofessional, a waste of money, self-righteous, rebellious, linked with satanism, witchcraft, arrogance, pride, impurity, immorality and foolishness.
Isn’t it kind of funny though how the outer image can easily be perceived negatively and yet the actual intentions are rarely questioned?
Making Assumptions About Tattoos
As soon as those stubborn without a doubt come to a conclusion, stereotypical assumptions are made. How often do those who are quick to assume ignorant assumptions question intentions?
How often does one who is quick to interpret by appearance question the heart of a story within itself?
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.”- Isaiah 55:8
Project Semicolon is a global non-profit organization started in 2013 dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction and self-injury. Their vision is to lower suicide rates in the U.S. and around the world as well as encourage others to come together and share stories.
Since then it has become a common trend to get a semi-colon as a tattoo. The semi-colon symbolizes new beginnings in the notion that one’s story isn’t over.
Another common design in the tattoo world is sleeves, which are picture tattoos that might cover a full arm or a full leg. All these pictures may be connected to tell a story. Often, people will get tattoos to affirm themselves or remember a loved one.
Tattoos Allow People to Share Unique Characteristics
Pop culture often influences tattoos as well. There are many biblical parallels linked with tattoos as there are in pop culture. If man is created equally in God’s image with the intentions of each individual having their own characteristics, then why is it right to assume that a person is a toxic person just because they have tattoos.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; Male
and Female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27 .