All Tribes and Nations

Last week my baby turned 18. To celebrate, he got a tattoo. Some of you may not agree with my husband and my decision to allow this. To be honest, I had to think long and hard before giving him the okay. In the end, it was what he chose for his tattoo that convinced me. Here is a picture:

Christian tattoo

He designed a tattoo that is a crown of thorns with the Bible reference Revelation 7:9:


After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.


Christian passionately loves people of all nations, tribes, people, and languages and looks forward to living and worshipping with them in heaven. He is also passionate about sharing his faith. In his tattoo these two passions come together.

Revelation 7:9 is also one of my favorite verses. I often imagine worshipping in heaven using German organs, Scottish bagpipes, African bongos, and American electric guitars, as well as instruments from all people of all times. I imagine chocolate brown skin worshipping next to snow white skin and all shades of color in between.

Our family has had the blessing of making friends from Hong Kong, South Africa, Russia, India, South Korea, Uzbekistan, and many other countries. We have hosted foreign exchange students, gone on mission trips to other countries, worked with people from other cultures in other parts of our city, and hosted visiting missionaries. Currently we are working with the Peace International Friendship Center, a ministry to immigrants. We are passionate about people from all tribes and nations.

Christian chose to memorialize this passion in his tattoo. He also chooses to memorialize it in his actions. He also chose to memorialize his passion for the Gospel through the crown of thorns.

He now carries his testimony around with him. He had a constant reminder that Christ died for all people. He is marked by his love for Jesus and his love for all people. I am glad I let him get the tattoo.

Among the multitude,

Kelly Haack


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