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Church Evicted from Building After Anti-LGBTQ Sign

It is not 100% clear whether it was an anti-LGBTQ sign that was directly to blame for a church in Indiana being forced out of its home.

An Indiana church’s posting of an anti-LGBTQ sign may or may not have led to its eviction from the building it rented.

The church posted a message which read, in part, “LGBTQ is a hate crime against God. Repent.”

Some have suggested the sign got them booted. The two events did seem to happen at around the same time, according to television station WPTA.

I would assume they meant to say “homosexuality” is a hate crime against God. LGBTQ isn’t an action: that acronym refers to people.

As much as I disagree with their sign, I feel sad for this church.

They don’t seem to understand, by what I see in that message, something very simple: When you offend people before they ever even get inside, how can you “share the Gospel” with them?

The answer is equally simple: You can’t. Because they aren’t there.

That kind of message doesn’t demonstrate any kind of love toward their LGBTQ neighbors. When you call those very people “hate crimes,” how do you honestly expect them to listen to anything else you have to say?

No reasonable person should.

Beyond the inappropriate message itself, there’s the classic double standard at play: if you go back to the so-called “clobber passages” of the Bible, those passages that condemn homosexuality, you’ll easily find that there are numerous offenses that the Bible speaks against.

Yet time and time again, it seems to be that one single offense that churches just can’t talk enough about.

It makes me wonder why those churches, who insist that people don’t have the right to “cherry pick” which verses they choose to follow, still manage to cherry pick the verses they choose to use in public displays like this.

I have to assume that in their minds, they were trying to communicate what they thought was an important message. I have to hope that they thought they were doing the right thing.

It’s a shame that they didn’t seem able to take into account the likely reaction from the community that would actually have to read the sign.

I wish churches would take the time to think about how their condemnations might be perceived by the people they’re actually condemning. I wish church members would be better at putting ourselves in the place of people we’re so eager to call out.

It might just change how some churches treat people.

1 Comment

  1. Don’t say that, Patrick, that you hope they thought they were doing the right thing! If they think like that, they can never move forward, learn from their mistakes, grow as people or individuals!

    I’m sorry – I know what you meant by that, but it just struck me the wrong way. I might have said, “I hope they learn from this.” Although when people hate, it seems, well…not impossible, but incredibly difficult to change. Hate comes in too many insidious forms. I find that it usually seems that all religions are unable, as a whole, to learn to love or at the very least to be tolerant. I feel sorry for this church, too, but until they can put aside that hate, they hopefully won’t regroup and reopen elsewhere, having learned *only* not to proclaim their…beliefs…on a wall. Instead, that unreasonable hate may fester more.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.