Williams says that he sometimes cautions young people
against making “tattoo mistakes” – “that is, making
impulsive decisions that have the potential to follow
them for the rest of their lives.”
Williams recently made reference to an article in
The Daily Mail about a young Belgian woman who
regrets making a “tattoo mistake” – literally.
2009, 18-year-old Kimberley Vlaeminck asked tattooist
Rouslan Toumaniantz to tattoo some stars on her face.
When he completed his task, he had tattooed 56 stars
on her face.
long after the constellation had been imprinted on her
face, Vlaeminck lied to family and reporters claiming
that she had asked Toumaniantz for just three stars
near her eye. She also claimed that he kept adding
more and more stars after she fell asleep at the
Tattoo Box in Courtrai, Belgium.
later, however, she confessed to a Dutch TV station
that she had been awake throughout and had indeed
asked for the full 56 marks.
the age of 21, Vlaeminck regrets her decision. She
says she has avoided going out in public because the
tattoos make her feel like a “freak.” Last summer, she
was preparing to pay £9,000 (over $14,000 US dollars)
for laser surgery to remove the black stars. She fears
that her impulsive decision to get the tattoos is
going to follow her for the rest of her life.
Decisions made impulsively without proper judgment
bring regret, and many times the consequences linger
for years or even a lifetime. Every one who has
sinned knows this all too well, and EACH ONE of us has
But the Good News (the Gospel) is that regardless of
our mistakes, forgiveness is available through Jesus
Christ, the Son of God....
“For [God] made Him
[Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we
become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians
5:21). Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that
our sins can be removed, washed away by His blood
(Revelation 1:5). His blood cleanses us from the
deadly effects of sin and provides the gift of eternal
life to all who will accept His offer of salvation
order to accept His offer of salvation and life, we
must: place our faith
and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31),
from our sins in
men (Romans 10:9-10), and be
(immersed) into Christ so that His blood can wash away
our sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16).
We may have to suffer some negative consequences
(effects) for our impulsive and foolish decisions, but
thanks be to God that through the blood of Jesus, we
can be forgiven!
And when we
forgiven by God, we don’t have to feel GUILT and fear
ETERNAL PUNISHMENT, because our sins have been washed
away by the blood of Jesus.
Tattoos don't condemn us; the stain of SIN does!
allow Jesus to wash away your sins by accepting His
offer on His terms?
David A. Sargent,
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
Information gleaned from “Preacher Stuff Resource Exchange” (4/16/12) by
Dan Williams, minister of the College Ave. church of Chist in El Dorado,
www.cacoc.org) and “Still starstruck: Young Belgian's misery three
years after she had 56
tattoos on her face” by Lyle Brennan in
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