New Church Billboard Gives Jesus a Rainbow Halo and Urges Him to Come Out

St-Matthew-in-the-City is the Auckland, New Zealand church known for their support of equal rights for the LGBT community and putting up the best billboards ever.

They just put up their latest one and it’ll no doubt stir up some controversy:

[Rev. Glynn] Cardy said that he hoped the billboard would draw attention to the debate on gay marriage.

“There is almost nothing in the record of his teachings about sexuality while there is plenty about the perils of being rich,” he said.

“Certainly he always supported the marginalised in society.”

Well, that’s one way to combat the anti-gay rhetoric we tend to hear from Christian churches, so more power to them.

(via Christian Nightmares)

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  • cxmiller10

     That sound you hear is New Zealand native Ray Comfort’s head exploding.

  • the moother

    Well, jesus did have 12 guys in the “boys club.”

    So, I guess the bible is open to interpretation.

  • Erp

    Some wonderful double meanings here.  Not only with “coming out” but also with the rainbow (think the story of Noah with the rainbow symbolizing the covenant and Jesus supposedly setting up a new covenant). 

  • Kenneth Polit

    Jesus never mentions homosexuality because a guy who never married and spent all his time with 12 other dudes is better off keeping his mouth shut.

  • Nick

    In fact Jesus does alude to homosexuality several times in the Gospels, though indirectly: ” And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words: going forth
    out of that house or city shake off the dust from your feet. 15 Amen I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.” 
    Matthew 10:15, Mathew 11:24, Mark 6:11, Luke 10:12