Tattooed Jesus posters raise eyebrows – and a few hackles – in Lubbock, Texas
A WHILE back, in the atheist section of Reddit, a woman posed this question:
My husband got a Trinity ‘father son holy spirit’ tattoo when he was 18. Now he is an atheist, and is stuck with this religious tattoo. Can anyone re-design it into something awesome? I jokingly say it looks like a ‘reduce reuse recycle’ or maybe the Star Trek emblem. Any ideas?
There were a number of responses, but to my mind the best was:
Since the the tattoo is on his back… he could keep it as a reminder that all that stupid shit is behind him now.
I was reminded of that discussion today after reading of more stupid Christian shit –a rash of tattooed Jesus posters that has broken out across the landscape of Lubbock, Texas.
A group claiming to desire “to spread the message of God’s love” is responsible for 59 billboards depicting the image of Jesus Christ festooned with tats that say, among other things, “addicted” and “depressed”.
The idea behind the campaign is:
To share Jesus’ love and make it known that it can change people despite their labels.
Said Ashleigh Sawyer, media relations coordinator for jesustattoo.org
The message is a simple one, Jesus’ love is transformative. He loves us unconditionally and no matter what you’ve been marked with, faith in Him and love for others will transform us.
Sawyer said the group is not affiliated with any particular organisation, but rather they are a bunch “humbled by Jesus’ love” who hope to convey the:
The greatest love story of all time.
Sawyer says the response to the campaign has been overwhelmingly positive although some initially are taken aback by the image of Jesus with tattoos while others immediately understand what it represents.
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.
We simply want to share the story with as many people as possible in a way that’s relevant and appealing to both the churched and unchurched.
Although the movement launched in Lubbock, Texas, the group hopes it will spread into other cities across the nation and even internationally.
Christians, as we all know, bandy the word “love” a lot. But in practice? Well, this lot wouldn’t recognise love if it got up and danced the fandango …
This tattoo sums up my response to this latest outbreak of Christian idiocy:
Hat tip: BarrieJohn