Over the last few years there has been a dramatic increase in tattooing. It once was very popular among our military and most young men came home with them. They were somewhat symbolic of manhood. Today, it has become popular with our youth to have tattoos on various parts of their bodies. The Thursday edition of the Daily News had a lengthy article with pictures titled "Showing Character." Maybe I missed something, but there was not one negative thing in the piece about tattooing, on the contrary, it actually had a positive spin. Our youth are led to believe it is the in thing to do, "a hot new street fashion." I must be "that preacher in Niceville that writes those articles" again. If you are a Christian, you should know what the Bible says about the subject. People as far back as the ancient Egyptians marked their bodies with tattoos, part of pagan, ritualistic worship. Leviticus 19:28 states, "Ye shall not make any cutting in your flesh for the dead, nor paint any marks upon you. I am the LORD." IN Gen. 4:15 we see, "And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him." No one can tell us for sure what the mark was, but we know from the Word and its use elsewhere in Scriptures that it has to do with the appearance. Strongs explains it as a "flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence etc." Cain was a rebel son of Adam and Eve that killed his brother Abel in a fit of jealous rage over his rejected offering. God marked him to keep him from being killed after he was cursed and driven out of the garden. V11-14 gives the details of how he was cursed by God. The mark not only preserved him, but it pointed him out as a rebel. We can be sure that Cain could not remove the mark and it was ever a reminder of his rebellion against God. Notice some things about tattoos: (1) They are Scripturally forbidden in Leviticus 19:28. (2).They are symbolic of rebellion in Genesis 4:15. (3) They are associated with paganism in Leviticus 19:28. On the practical side, the permanence of the tattoo does not make it a good choice. Many men have names tattooed on their bodies that would have been forgotten long years ago. For the Christian, tattoos are neither Scriptural or wise. Christian parents should know that this fad is being promoted by the entertainment industry, merchandising our youth. Christian youth should be "followers of that which is good." Please read 1 Peter 3:12-15 and take your stand for the things of God. See John 15:18-19 and notice: "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." Dare to be different. It is not wrong to be different when you are different!