TWISTING SCRIPTURE TO
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And now from our Stupid-Scripture-Distortions-in-the-Service-of-Dubious-Ideological-Ends Department, we turn to the social news and entertainment website, Reddit. A user identifying him or herself as “Reebok” recently posted a photo of a sign located in front of St. John’s Anglican Church in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
One of those free-standing, illuminated boards to which plastic letters can be affixed, the sign bore a message that sheds a great deal of light on the current state of the Worldwide Anglican Communion…
“Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine!”
The Huffington Post reported breathlessly (“Well, this is pretty amazing.”) that, as of August 8, the sign had been “viewed by more than 774,271 people.” Just how many more wasn’t noted, but given a number that precise, one assumes it would have to be 774,272. In any event, writer Meredith Bennett Smith effused…
“One church’s hilarious — and effective — statement against Christians who believe homosexuality is a sin has gone viral after a local citizen put a photo of the church signboard online.”
Smith speculated that St. John’s appeared to be “following in the footsteps of the Gosford Anglican Church in Australia, which posted a similar message a few weeks ago.”…
“Gosford made international headlines early in August after putting up a signboard that read, ‘Dear Christians, some people are gay, get over it, Love God.’”
We cannot know if God actually dictated that cautionary note. I think not, but at least the Australian missive has the virtue of honest chutzpah. Despite Smith’s assurance of effectiveness, the Ontario message fails on all counts, none the least in terms of theological accuracy.