Church signs are offensive
Underneath this note you’ll find all the block letters that disappeared from your church’s marquee sign last night. You see, I was passing by this morning when I decided to stop and take them down. I didn’t steal anything, but I wanted to leave you a message and tell you why I did it.
I took the letters down because I think that what you were doing is bad for us. Not just for you or me, but for everyone. I know you don’t mean it this way, but over the last few months, I’ve seen your sign say some pretty hateful stuff. I’ve read the phrases, “Turn or Burn,” “How do you want to spend eternity? Smoking or Non-Smoking,” and “We deserve hell; heaven is a gift.”
Thousands of people pass your church every day, and everyone has heard this message before. We know your warnings about heaven or hell. There are churches on every street and Bibles in every hotel room. At the end of the day, people choose to believe it or they don’t, but no one is ignorant of the message.
And if everybody already knows, what purpose can these signs serve? You may not have realized it yet, but it sounds like you’re threatening people or just gloating, and I don’t think either is what you’re really meaning to do.
Not all of us go to church or believe in your God, but that doesn’t mean we think we’re any worse people. In fact, we’ve got no afterlife we’re planning for, so all we can hope to do is make the world a better place while were here. I took your sign down, but I hope you’ll understand why I thought it was better without it.
P.S. There’s a dry cleaner down the street with a message board that says “Silence is the only thing that can’t be misquoted.” I think that’s something worth letting people think about.