Bil Browning

Would Jesus discriminate?

Filed By Bil Browning | April 15, 2007 10:56 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Living, The Movement
Tags: Bible, billboard, Christian beliefs, Faith In Action, Indianapolis, Jesus, Jesus MCC, tolerance

th-wjd-billboard-born-gay.jpgJesus Metropolitan Community Church has teamed up with Faith In America to remind Indianapolis of Christ's message of love and tolerance.

You might remember that last year the church advertised on billboards across the metro area with the message "Would Jesus Discriminate?" Faith in America supplemented the billboards with some thought provoking newspaper ads. Comparing polling data taken before and after the blitz revealed that there was a 10% positive change in the attitudes of people who attended church twice or more a week.

This year, the two orgs are focusing primarily on billboards, but the design quality has shot up quite a few notches. These ads are smart, biblical, and positive. The point is to show the Christian middle and right that they don't have a lock on biblical interpretation. I'm sure the fundamentalists will be foaming at the mouth!

The twenty billboards will be spread across Indy and will feature five different designs. All the ads feature the website URL, a short message and a biblical citation. The church will also be selling t-shirts and bumperstickers.

Someone be sure to take a picture of the first billboard you see around town. If someone sends it in, I'll post it. What's your favorite slogan? Mine is pictured in the post...

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Zach Adamson | April 16, 2007 7:26 AM

Just so everyone knows.. we have more yard signs, tee shirts and bumper stickers. Tee shirts are $5 and bumper stickers are $1. If you want a magnetic backing, they it is also $1. Yard signs, with the various sayings, are free. You just have to promise to put the sign up where people will see it. If you want any of these items, let me know.. We are going to try and get a distribution point downtown also.

A. J. Lopp | April 16, 2007 5:01 PM

Well ... claiming that Jesus said exactly that some are born gay is stretching it just a tiny bit. But he did clearly indicate here that not every man is to be expected to become a husband and father, which counters a common and closely related insidious assertion of the Christian right.

He said that some are born eunuchs, and in his day that word applied to any man not likely to mate with a woman, whether for biological reasons or due to lack of interest.

So many gay men were considered eunuchs, and many eunuchs were gay men --- but some gay (and functionally bisexual) men were not considered eunuchs, and some eunuchs were not gay (such as asexuals).

Exegetical sloppiness like this bothers me, and I hope it doesn't backfire ... I don't want anyone to end up as a eunuch, the way the right wing likes to define the word.

I haven't seen the billboards yet, but on Tuesday I saw one sign at my apartment complex right where cars exiting the Marsh Supermarket across the street couldn't help but see it. Interestingly, when I drove by this afternoon, there was one positioned across from the other exit as well.

David Squire | April 30, 2007 10:05 PM

David Squire is the one that put up the signs