I’m not about to get one, though. The basic point of the essay is right on. But there still seems to be a bit of squeamishness. We should welcome people with tattoos, but we don’t really “like” them.* I guess we only are partially adapted to the culture then. Maybe that’s good, but I think we might still be dealing with old cultural values that are deeply embedded in evangelical culture. Better than we dealt withe them in the past, but we may still have a bit of a way to go.
*I know we could read this as just stating a personal preference (one I share, to be frank, though many of my friends and students don’t). But I wonder if stating that (even partially humorously?) ends up making a subtle judgment we ought to be able to move past.