Anger over church's 'Jesus had two dads' billboard
Message was a sardonic comment on same-sex marriage
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- Katherine Weber for Christian Post
- September 2, 2013
An Anglican congregation in Ontario, Canada recently posted a billboard in front of its church that includes the pro-gay message: "Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine." A photo of the billboard has since gone viral on the Internet, sparking anger among many Christian viewers pointing out the sign's contradiction to scripture.
A photo of the church sign was posted on image-sharing website Reddit by user Reeb0k on Thursday, who added the simple description to the photo: "church in my city." After some investigation, media outlets confirmed that the church featured in the photo was in fact St. John's Anglican Church in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
The wife of the church's pastor, Rev. Duncan Lyon, told The Blaze in a phone interview that the message being communicated by the billboard should be obvious enough. Reddit users have responded differently to the photo, with some encouraging the message, however, many others have argued that the church's message conflicts with biblical teachings.
The Anglican Church in Canada is currently split regarding the topic of same-sex marriage. Currently, 10 Anglican dioceses allow blessings for same-sex married couples, and one deacon is in a same-sex relationship. In 2010, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada released a "sexuality discernment statement" that offered neither support or disapproval for an individual parish's decision to bless same-sex marriages.
"Your church is doing it right," commented one user, while another wrote that they were "pleasantly surprised" by the church's message.
However, many other Reddit users criticized the church's billboard for its inaccuracy in reference to Scripture, with some arguing that the billboard parses the bible's message in order to communicate a point.
Source: Christian Post