This Christmas Season, a billboard has been erected by a New Zealand church.
The Vicar of Auckland’s progressive Christian church St Matthew in the City, Glynn Cardy, says he wanted to lampoon the literal Christian conception story and get people discussing miracles and God. “We’re trying to lampoon the idea of a literal male God who somehow, it’s assumed, impregnated Mary,” he said. “Most Christians don’t believe that, but the message that the general society hears from the church is this message; they think that they’re meant to take it literally. We actually think God is about the power of love as shown in Jesus, which is something quite different than a literal man up in the sky.”
But a few hours after the billboard went up, an angry man with a pot (not a kettle or a pan or a tin or a can, but a pot) of brown paint covered over Mary and Joseph’s faces. (The damage has now been repaired)
I know – I am going to burn in Hell for this one. Certainly there shall be disapproval amongst the masses and I risk the vilification of the devout.
At least burning at the stake has gone out of fashion. Mostly.
Then again, Hell may be closer than I think!
Of course, if I’m lucky, I may not be in the hot stuff. (I really should go to Hell for over-use of the parenthesis keys)
Although, as Jan deBoer said, “”Considering all the evil that exists in the world, the fact that all of religion’s condemnation is focused on expressing disapproval of two people loving each other proves just how evil religion is.”