A billboard featuring a depiction of Jesus Christ with tattoos and the website jesustattoo.org has ignited a debate in a Texas town over the limits of decency and religious icons. The billboard advertises the site JesusTattoo.org, a site that features a video of Jesus removing tattooed words off customers’ bodies.
The words removed include “useless,” “addicted” and “outcast.”
The Jesus then adds new words like “freedom,” “brave” and “accepted.”
The website’s creators say the site is meant to share the “life-changing gift of peace and acceptance if you choose to build your relationship with Jesus.”
One local resident said they think the billboard is “derogatory,” and “more like something that is blasphemous, negative.”
Dr. David Wilson, Pastor of South Crest Baptist Church told EveryThingLubbock.com, “I think the video on that web site is amazing. They’re trying to target people who’ve probably never stepped foot in a church. I look at it as another tool to be used to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
In an interview with News One, Ashleigh Sawyer, media relations coordinator for Jesus Tattoo, said the organization’s campaign means no harm and that there is no hidden agenda. Moreover, she claims the group is only trying to convey love. “The message is a simple one, Jesus’ love is transformative,” she said. “He loves us unconditionally and no matter what you’ve been marked with, faith in Him and love for others will transform us.”