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Posted on 10/11/2013 2:34:32 PM PDT by NYer
This billboard is turning a few heads in Texas:
A billboard showing a tattooed Jesus Christ has stirred up quite a bit of buzz in the heart of the Bible Belt.
The ad, which is the work of the website Jesustattoo.org, popped up along a West Lubbock, Texas, highway, and its got people talking. It shows a man, ostensibly Jesus Christ, with outstretched arms tattooed with such words as Outcast, Addicted, Jealous.
I dont like the picture. I think its very derogatory, a local-area resident told the CBS affiliate KEYE-TV.
On the website, a video casts Jesus as a tattoo artist and shows several tattooed individuals approaching him to reveal their sinful markings. A woman with Self Righteous tattooed on her chest and a young disabled boy with the word Outcast tattooed on his body come forward.
The organization behind this effort is not affiliated with a particular church, and on its website says: “It really is as simple as it appears. We are a small group of people humbled by the love of Jesus. We are not a church. We are not selling anything. We encourage you to tell as many people as possible. Thats it.”
The message is provocative and potent. Check out the video accompanying the billboard below.
Jesus Tattoo - YouTube Video
I like it
While I personally disdain tattoos, I recognize that we live in a culture that now embraces them as a means of “free speech”. Those I know who bear tattoos, are also, to some extent, quite devoted to their faith. There may be some merit in this approach, albeit beyond my own comprehension.
The question remains, what faith?
Heresies abound today almost like no other time in recent history. You cannot "christianize" something simply by attacking the Jesus label to it. And that is what is done in the vast majority of today's churches, a Jesus endorsement stamp on whatever they want to do, no matter how obscene or self-absorbed.
As an observant Jew, Jesus would never allow a tattoo.
This picture has zero to do with tattoos.
It is a representation of Jesus with out stretched arms welcoming all “the outcast, the addicted, the drunks, the prostitutes.....the tattoos are all ‘sin’, yet He welcomes them all to Him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
That’s what the picture is about.
Jesus was tempted in everything like we are but he never was those things such as addicted. He did suffer to heal us from those things.
It is an attention grabber for sure. I've always hated tattoos on men. Now we have them on our daughters some of us!
The picture has nothing to do with tattoos
Nothing? I’ll meet you at “little”.
(And I hope your assessment at post #7 is correct.)
And FWIW, I knew a Jew with a tattoo.
Blue numbers on his forearm...
As someone who had relatives given tattoes for free at Buchenwald, I see no reason to emulate them.
King James Version (KJV)
28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.
Bears repeating. I have thought of that from time to time. Only more recently did I know it was against Jewish law. So it was an infringement on their rights on several levels.
I agree. However, we also know that Jesus is merciful. The culture in which we now live embraces tattoos as a form of expression. While Jesus may never have allowed a tattoo, who are we to decide how Jesus would judge those who have chosen this art form? Jesus would not approve of abortion but forgives the repentant. When is the last time you heard a homily against tattoos? Without clear guidance, the ignorant will continue to embrace their culture.
Ping to my post #15.
A couple possibilities here.
1. Art. Tattoos are “body art”.
2. As someone said, calling the lost
3. Mocking Jesus.
I don’t think it is #3. Probably both 1&2.
Personally, I am not offended. This isn’t Jesus! It isn’t even a picture of Jesus. A picture or painting of Jesus would be an idol, not allowed!
I can understand why some would be offended, but it isn’t a cross in urine.
There is no question that this is protected speech so getting your panties in a wad is a waste of time.
Then there is this passage that I have never quite understood.
Revelation 19:16 (King James Version)
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
“on his thigh a neme is written”...a tattoo?
It is disrespectful. If you want to tatoo up your body that’s one thing, don’t pin your thing on the Lord.
The Nazis did NOTHING that didn’t have a purpose or motive behind it. Not even their legendary cruelty was without purpose.
Tattoes on the prisoners was a calculated affront against the Jews. For those who were not Jewish (my people), it meant you were in their minds, no more deserving than the Jews themselves.
A whole different perspective after watching the video! Now I love it! It’s symbolism!!! The guy is an ACTOR. The tattoos are symbolic of sin that he forgave and took upon himself.
To be offended by this is silly.
The Nazi comparison, while I do get it, should we never ride trains? Ban German Shepherds? If I were a Jew, I doubt I would get a tattoo. I’m a Christian and don’t have nor will I ever get a tattoo. Tattoos are legal and as long as they don’t celebrate Nazis, I guess Jews shouldn’t have a problem with it for others.
whatever message may have been intended was poorly “art directed” in that Branding... Jesus...does not communicate anything clearly.
yes he accepts EVERYBODY who accepts him but thats not clearly communicated in that image.
it aint ready for prime time
It’s an interesting idea, but, yeah, it needs more development.
One poster said that he or she understood the billboard AFTER watching the video.....which I would suggest proves the point that the image in and of itself doesnt communicate a clear message.
for example... If I have to describe what I was trying to convey in...a given Photograph....the point is utterly lost.
back to the digital drawing board.
But I never knew if it was sinful or not. what would Jesus think about piercing baby girls' ears and putting jewelry in them? I never liked that either but doesn't mean it is sinful.
I never heard a homily against tattoos. It came up publicly several years ago when I didn't know he was Jewish but Geraldo Rivera, I believe, had some. Looked it up. He has two.
Jesus might not like a lot of things I have done. Short shorts. Jeans. Photographs. Dolls (did little girls in OT times have dolls?). Sleveless blouses. Bikinis (I only wore mine once and it covered more than most do). Jesus would have hated bikinis lol. He might not like men shaving.
He didn't need a jet ski but his disciples might have liked them.
The first thing I thought when I saw it was that it was a promo image for rapper Outkast’s new album that obviously had some Christ imagery on the album cover.
Probably not what the designers had in mind...
I like it. Jesus was sinless, but because He came to save the world, he had to become sin in order for us to be sinless in The Father’s eyes.
I within the last few months made a field trip...more or less to a church other than the one i “normally attend.
the sermon..given that morning..was built around the premise of Jesus as the prodigal son...
the pastor clearly had not done ANY “homework”.
the sermon in its entirety and to some degree the billboard....are analgous to the Obamacare Website...
It seems like the Nazis were obsessively efficient. Did you see the video IBM and the holocaust?
Can’t say as I have. Where can I find it?
The one I saw had similar graphics but higher quality. In the beginning, it had Mr. Black, Edwin I think his first name was, standing across from IBM corporate headquarters in the US. Maybe they complained and it had to be taken down.
If you google, maybe you can find something in text format that would be just as informative.
Here's a talk:
The title of the version I saw was One Mainframe to Rule them All.
Let them Tattoo Muhammed and put him on their Poster.
If they have the balls.
sigh, The picture has nothing to do with tattoos
Something is different on yt now. If I am watching a video and see a better one on the sidebar, I stop the one I'm watching and it used to start the one I wanted playing.
Now you have to fiddle around to get the right videol.
Some in the ocmments are accusing Black of lying and revisionism. Lots of familiar companies did business with the Nazis. It wasn't known at first what they were up to, well it was bad but not as bad as it ultimately got.
Really? I understood the picture.
This picture has zero to do with tattoos.
It is a representation of Jesus with out stretched arms welcoming all the outcast, the addicted, the drunks, the prostitutes.....the tattoos are all sin, yet He welcomes them all to Him.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Thats what the picture is about.
The premise of this article is ridiculous.
This is nothing but a bastardization of Christianity
You think Jesus was sin??
I read nothing blasphemes, or ridiculous.
Which part bothers you?
Obviously it would start riots all over the world. And another fatwa.
They've really got the west running scared and pc. I'm tired of his followers getting preferential treatment though.
Jesus became sin, as in took all sin upon Himself, to pay the price for our sin.
Jesus had so sin, He took our sin and paid the price for us.
I’m with you, svcw.
That's. You get the idea. Sounds like we share similar childhood memories. Catholic school? Baltimore catechism? Remember when the parish priest would drop by during religion class and check our understanding of what we were learning? Inevitably, there would be one kid (usually a boy) who would raise his hand: "Fadder .. (I grew up in Queens NY with lots of Irish), what if a comet should come streaking towards earth and you see someone outside the window but cower inside and don't warn them .... blah, blah, blah ... would that be a sin?"
Like you, I recall a few men from my childhood who had tattoos (Navy men). Didn't like them then and don't like them now. When I accidentally discovered that my daughter had gotten a tattoo, I was very upset. We had a talk about how this will look when she is 80 .. it didn't help. She loves tattoos and is proud of them! All I can do is pray.
He didn't need a jet ski but his disciples might have liked them.
ROFL!!! That conjures up quite an amusing image. I think you are right ... I can imagine several of them skirting across the Sea of Galilee, headed towards shore to dine on the fish Jesus has prepared. : - 0
Ilse Koch was reviled for, among other things, taking tattooed skin from inmates at Buchenwald. I’ve heard she shopped these people for interesting tattoos for lampshades.
Not by his own choice, I presume.
Correct. See also post #s 14 and 20. I never asked him about them. Didn’t know him well enough to be willing to stir up memories, besides they told all the tale I needed.
We are all tired of it, but we have a Muslim in the White House, and it will get worse before it gets better.
Thanks. You made it simple. I would have missed it.
What, no “Allah tattoo” billboard?
I was talking to my first girlfriend on the phone when I was about 6 and was giggling about Red Heart dog food (don't remember what that was in context). Well, my dad thought I was saying something bigoted against Catholics and got mad at me and made me get off the phone.
In the midwest, I don't remember any angst against the Irish. There was prejudice against Catholics by some. Culturally I think our values were similar then, more than now.
I thought priests and nuns were very holy because my Catholic friend would talk about them. The first nun I ever saw was when I was a patient in a Catholic hospital at age 9. I don't remember the first priest I ever saw. Maybe college. It was a Protestant, Catholic, Rabbi question and answer session. They would never allow anything like that now.
I didn't grow up very religious but inside took the basics to heart.
Sorry not too well thought out, my other daughter was here and I got distracted. Now I'm tired.