A Jesus tattoo billboard is causing major contention and even outrage at the depiction of a tattooed Son of Man, despite the best intentions and good goals of the billboard campaign. WebProNews shares this Friday, Oct. 11, that the billboard is being designed by a still anonymous group who wants to share Jesus Christ’s message of love and welcoming to the outcasts.
The Jesus tattoo billboard is one of almost 60 billboards to be found throughout Texas, and while the public displays of a tattooed Son of God have some followers, others are not very happy, calling the spectacle sacrilegious. The Texas billboards portray Jesus inked with different negative phrases: phrases that Jesus would allegedly speak out against and support those who might be called such names.
Although it may appear at first the creators behind the Jesus tattoo billboards are mocking Jesus or the Christian faith itself, the anonymous group says the boards are not meant to be a slight against the religion, and do not understand the outrage these signs have caused.
“The purpose of this campaign is to prove an important point … that only Jesus can transform these negative things in life to positive things,” said a source.
The controversial billboard, therefore, is not meant to stir outrage, but instead has the good goals to spread Jesus’ messages of love and acceptance of all people. The inked Son of Man billboard also includes a link to where people can read more stories or learn more through videos about Jesus’ teachings, and the makers hope that people from all different walks of life will be moved and inspired by the billboards across the state of Texas, regardless of their sins.
“We’re finding that those who visit the website and watch the video come to understand the message of the campaign. 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.
The Jesus tattoo billboard has some people who dislike the signs, despite the best intentions of the group.
“I don’t like the picture. I think it’s very derogatory,” one Texas man said. Others agreed that it is an “offensive” photo of Jesus Christ to have him tattooed. Still others find the visual a clever way to get more Christian followers.
“I thought that it was cleverly done because, basically, 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,” David Wilson, a senior pastor at Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock said.
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