A Jesus tattoo billboard in Texas is causing quite the controversy all over the country. On Oct. 11, Web Pro News reported that several billboards were erected with photos of Jesus tattooed with negative words such as "outcast" and "jealous." While one might think that the message is against religion -- it's actually part of a new campaign to get people back into religion.
"The reason for the negative words is to prove a point that Jesus can transform the negative things in persons life into positive ones. The billboard is part of a campaign to spread love and the story of Jesus. The billboards direct readers to a website where they can watch videos and read more about the story of Jesus," Web Pro News reports.
The Jesus tattoo billboard is an art to some people but others are offended. Of course, you can't please everyone, but giving Jesus this sort of makeover is an interesting concept. While it's hard to imagine that Jesus would get tattoos, say, if he was alive in this day and age, people have a hard time seeing him as something different. However, many say that Jesus is everyone -- and the tattoos sort of nod to that point.
Even still, residents in the area don't like the billboards and they find them derogatory -- something that the campaign organizers are okay with. "Certainly, like with all deeply personal relationships, not everyone approves of the image of Jesus with tattoos, but we welcome the controversy because we understand that a dialogue on the issue is the best way to spread the message," said Ashleigh Sawyer, media relations coordinator for Jesus Tattoo (via Web Pro News).
Does the Jesus tattoo billboard offend you? What do you think about the new campaign?
© Effie Orfanides 2013