This is Bryon. Bryon is a reformed neo-nazi. He used his tattoos to show his beliefs to the world. When he had a change of heart and realized the destructive path he was on, he didn’t want to project that hate to the world anymore and so he went through the painful process of having his tattoos removed.
You can see the AP story here:
and you can see the trailer for the documentary Erasing Hate here:
Bryon considered this process a form of pennance for all the pain that he inflicted on others.
Here’s the really amazing thing. While no one can see my sins, Jesus bore all the pain of my sin on the Cross. When God looks at me, he doesn’t see my sin anymore, he see’s Jesus. What Bryon went through to change his physical appearance, Jesus endured something even worse to change Bryon’s and yours and my spiritual appearance. That’s incredible grace and Jesus did that.
When God looks at us he sees Jesus grace. When we look at others do we have that same kind of Grace perspective? Do we see how Jesus wants to change people? Or do we simply see the sin?
I’m amazed by Bryon’s story. And I’m glad that he was able to transform his face, and I hope that his story will help many people to see the error and destruction of racism. And I hope that this story will help us to see that even the people that we don’t think can ever be changed, can in fact be transformed.
Jesus please help me to walk in grace!