Controversy is Stirring!

Okay, so Granger Community Church in Granger, IN put this billboard up to advertise for a new series on sex that they are doing at their church. I found out about this ad thru ChurchMarketingSucks.com. This is one of my favorite sites becasue it so often makes fun of really lame church ads. So, they asked for comments on the ad. You can check out the entire discussion here. The first response says this (among several other points):

“Another question is, do the billboards use deception? This church knows that signs saying “sex talks next week at Granger” won’t work, so have they resorted to a form of trickery to get people to visit their website? Is God happy with this kind of “sneaky evangelism”?”

No big deal, that’s his opinion, right? So, I responded with my opinion:

“man, come on.
Did Jesus use billboards? Did Jesus even go to church?
It’s all your opinion what you think God would do. Here’s the truth…Jesus “advertised” by word of mouth. He would do a miracle, preach a sermon, etc. and people would talk. Here’s the deal now. Everyone has heard of who Jesus is. Now we have to spread the message by marketing. Even if a huge miracle happened in your church there are still people who wouldn’t come because they would be skeptical, or just wouldn’t care about us crazy, weird Christians.
I love the ad and would be proud if my church put out something like that.”

So, you can disagree with me if you want. But, here’s what someone wrote in response to me:

“Pretty ironic that some of you have no problem with Granger’s billboards, and then we see pictures like this on your own blogs. What should that tell us about your morality standards and your credibility on this issue, Brian?”

The picture referenced was of Los’ head with the boob statue from my Vegas post. I found this hilarious that someone would pull that out of context and try to tear me down with it. My response to this guy (Not sure if it really is a guy or girl, because they didn’t sign in when making their comment):

“I think it’s pretty ironic that “Ironic” would attack my character but not even list his name/website. At least I’m willing to put myself and my beliefs out there for people to see. If you can’t stand behind your own words, then the weight of those words isn’t much.
Also, in terms of my morality… wow, that is a big statement to make. I’m not sure if you can judge that.
James 4:11 says, 11Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.
Also, when speaking of “credibility” on the isssue, I’m not sure what to say to that except that everyone here has about the same credibility level since we are all viewers of the ad. All these people have their own opinions and that is what we are giving. So, I don’t see how that becomes a credibility issue unless you are more saved than I am. And since I am the worldly one, and therefore the target audience that needs to be more moral, my opinion would probably hold more weight.”

So, what do you think of that? How do you feel about the billboard? Oh, and please sign in so we know who you are.

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