This Oregon church is going viral for putting out the most inclusive and political messages
Religion is supposed to provide refuge to people and bring them together. In recent times, it has been used to divide and discriminate. Going back to what religion is actually about is Clackamas United Church of Christ in Milwaukie, Oregon. Pastor Adam Ericksen wants to go back to the roots of the purpose of religion. To bring people together and be more inclusive of fellow human beings. One of Pastor Adam's core beliefs is that "God loves you relentlessly and eternally because God is love." His open-minded approach to religion is garnering a lot of attention.
Church signs are often used to represent what the church stands for. Often using humor and pop culture references to attract more churchgoers. The church signs at Clackamas United Church of Christ and the inclusive messages on them are going viral online. "I came to the Clackamas United Church of Christ about a year and a half ago and realized that we needed to get our message out into the neighborhood," Pastor Adam told Bored Panda. "People saw our building but didn't know what our values were. So we started a fundraiser for the sign and I started posting those messages. People began to stop as they drove by to thank me for the messages. But I didn't know it would have an online impact, too."
Speaking about the church signs the pastor added, "I decided that we needed to be bold with our message of love and inclusion, especially for those who are marginalized especially by religion. My goal is is to be part of a larger movement that is reframing or redefining Christianity so that it's based on God's love for all people, but especially those who are marginalized." Here are some of the heartwarming and radical signs the church has put up:
1. God preaches peace and love, never violence and hate.
2. All lives can't matter until Black lives matter
3. Be like the son of God
4. Say his name
5. What happens to life after it comes into the world matters too
6. The word of Kendrick Lamar
7. History repeats itself
8. Two sides of a coin
9. None of God's creations are a mistake
10. Love thy neighbor as thyself
11. Palestine is Jesus' home
12. Tupac once said
13. For the people
14. Dissent is the foundation of democracy
15. Is it the word of God or the word of man?
16. There is always scope for improvement
17. Together we are stronger
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18. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.