Tattoos are a topic of some controversy among the religious. Some groups think you should refrain from marking your body, some basically require tattooing, and a whole lot of them have varying opinions on the matter but don’t take an official stance.
No matter how you feel about the subject, you can be sure that a campaign featuring a tattooed Jesus is going to get people talking. Billboards have popped up in Texas depicting images of a heavily tattooed Jesus. It’s part of an outreach by JesusTattoo.org, a Christian outreach group that preaches Jesus’ transformative love.
"The message is a simple one, Jesus' love is transformative," Ashleigh Sawyer, media relations coordinator for Jesus Tattoo, told the Post of the campaign. "He loves us unconditionally and no matter what you've been marked with, faith in Him and love for others will transform us."
But you know, haters gotta hate, so some people are calling the images “blasphemous” and “derogatory.” They’re entitled to their opinions and all, but I think they totally missed the point.
Christ is shown emblazoned with words like "Outcast," "Addicted," "Hated," and "Faithless" because, as local pastor David Wilson put it, “It’s a visual of Jesus taking the sins of people and covering them and taking them from an outcast or something and giving them a new start, which is what the gospel is about.”
The group also put out a video that’s pretty powerful, showing Jesus as a tattoo artist with the ability to transform our negative labels into positive ones by taking the negative on himself. It’s a great way to show what the true redemptive love of Christ really means.
Take a look:
Are you offended by Tattooed Jesus?
Image via Jesus Tattoo/YouTube