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What do you think?

Okay, I’m really trying to get some work done here, but things just keep getting in my way. A billboard with a picture of the likeness of Jesus Christ and the tagline “Jesus affirmed a gay couple” with the scripture reference Matthew 8:5-13 fell victim to vandals in Indianopolis [see photo above]. Another sign was hit, too, but has been repaired.

So what does Mathew 8:5-13 have to say?

5When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6”Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”

7Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.”

8The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.

Now… I’m no Bible scholar. I leave that stuff to the big kids at BaylyBlog, Boar’s Head Tavern, David Holford, Michael Spencer, Necessary Therapy, and Sigmund, Carl and Alfred. But seriously, folks, does anyone really take this passage as an endorsement of same-sex relationships? Anybody want to lay some Greek on this boy for some clarification?

Rev. Andy Hunt of Body of Christ Community Church is quoted in the article saying that vandalism is always a wrong response. Andy said:

It ignites passions whenever someone brings a lie against the god you worship, but we can’t go down to their level.

Good call. While I’m not in favour of what I believe is a gross misrepresentation of God’s Word, I’m not in favor of vandalism as a method to get my point across. What do you think?

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7 Comments»

  Mark Wilson wrote @

Yes it’s a gross mis-representation.

And vandalism seems like a bad idea. There are other ways to be self-expressed about these issues. I don’t remember Jesus defacing anything… other than kicking over the business people’s tables in the temple. Hmmm…

God bless!
Mark.

  riversmeeting wrote @

Hey Mark,
What do you think is the modern day equivalent of jesus kicking over those tables? I suppose it comes down to an interpretation of “zeal for my father’s house has consumed me”?

  Mark Wilson wrote @

Hiya

Yeah what is the modern equivalent? I struggle with that… but I’m not willing to say if any church has fallen into the same state. It’s not my church and He hasn’t said anything to me about it… so I’m just staying right out of that one.

What do you think the modern equivalent is?

God bless!
Mark.

  riversmeeting wrote @

It’s possible that the vandals in the photo saw themselves as upholding the truth of the Bible as they saw it? (Or venting spleen more like).
(And where on that trajectory from Upholder to Venter is Jesus?!).
I understand your comment: As soon as I get “righteously indigant” about the state of the church in some respect, I turn into some kind of pharisee.

  Mark Wilson wrote @

True dat.

  Dean wrote @

I guess it sounds more politically correct then a billboard with this verse written on it: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)”

I wonder if the people who did that billboard believe that verse.

  riversmeeting wrote @

Hi Dean,
Yeah, the truth hurts. While I don’t think your billboard suggestion would win many “Win friends and influence people” awards… but I do wonder what kind of graffiti would be put on THAT?!!


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