Creative art often draws controversies, especially when the creative art involves Jesus Christ with an intended message. According to Yahoo! News on Thursday, people are reacting – often negatively – to a billboard that has been raised in West Lubbock, Texas along a highway. The billboard depicts Jesus plastered with tattoos. With arms stretched out, the image of Jesus on the billboard reveals tattoos that print out the words “Jealous,” “Addicted,” and “Outcast.”
It appears most of the locals have described the bulletin board as blasphemous and derogatory. However, others - such as a local pastor - are defending it by saying that it’s a creative and worth-while message as they believe it is a visual of Jesus taking the sins of people, placing them on his body, and giving believers a new start.
The billboard promotes the web site JesusTattoo.org. At the web site, there is a video depicting Jesus as somewhat of a tattoo artist. In the video, persons with tattoos approach the tattooed Jesus to reveal their makings of sin. For example, a woman with the words “Self Righteous” tattooed on her chest appears in the video. In the six-minute video, Jesus changes the negative words to positive words on the victims that approach him – such as changing the words “Self Righteous” to “Humbled.”
At the web site, the producers of the film say that they are not a church and not trying to sell anything. They say they are simply a small group of people humbled by the love of Jesus Christ – and want the word to spread.