Church Signs17 February, 2008
Yesterday, we had one of those pleasant days when all of us are home, I don’t work, the kids don’t have work, or band, or drama club, or . . . Anyway, we headed over towards Williamsport, PA, to visit English’s Hobby Shop and also a health food store called Fresh Life (my wife (we discovered a month ago) has coeliac disease and we are going wheat free). We stayed off of the highways, which means we got to see lots of interesting sites. Including the ones shown here.
One shows the normal message board outside of a Methodist Church. In addition to advertising Sunday school and worship, it states: “GOD CREATED FREEDOM AS A BIBLICAL IDEA.” Do you suppose this is a reference to ‘free will’? The ‘freedom’ to choose the wrong thing? The freedom to make the wrong choice so that God will have an excuse to punish you? Or do you suppose that this is a reference to the current right-wing meme focusing on the spread of ‘freedom’ through the world at the point of a gun and between the covers of a Bible? I don’t see how anyone could make the argument that the Bible is pro-domocracy or pro-civil rights. Now, my Biblical knowledge is limited, but the Bible seems very big on obeying those whom ‘God’ has placed over you, and denying rights (or life) to those with whom ‘God’ disagrees.
The second is actually what caught our eye (my wife’s eye, actually). A cross made of two-by-fours with a purple cloth draped over the crosspiece, with nails at the 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 positions with squirts of red paint. As Christians approach Easter, the cross and the purple are, even to me (an atheist) understandable. What I still cannot comprehend is the morbid fascination that the Christian right has with blood. In any other setting, this addiction to snuff pornography (blood on the cross, the suffering of Jesus, Gibon’s movie, the deaths of martyrs and saints (the bloodier the better)) would, hopefully, lead to an intervention by friends and family and an appointment with a really good psychiatrist. Dammit, we all know what the cross represents. You don’t have to show your bloody-mindedness by putting the red paint on the cross. Either you are morbidly fascinated with blood, or you are trying to scare small children (there may be another explanation, but . . . ). Either way, it is disturbing.