- (Courtesy: WRCBtv.com)
A recently placed message on a Georgia church's marquee sign has attracted a great deal of controversy due to what it said about the 2012 election results.
Calvary Baptist Church of Trenton posted a message that reads: "Election / Gays Win / Unborn Lost." In an interview with local media, resident Fredia Hoffman told WRCB Channel 3 news that while the church was entitled to its political views, it was "not right" to display them like that.
"That's your opinion, you need to keep it to yourself, instead of sticking it out here for everyone to read…There's going to be a lot of differences in people's opinions and how they feel about that," said Hoffman.
Among clergy in the area, opinions over both the message of the sign as well as the idea of posting such a message have been mixed. Clay Moreland, pastor at Woodlawn Baptist Church of Trenton, told The Christian Post that he agreed with the message of the marquee sign.
"The Truth will stand and people don't like the truth," said Moreland, who felt that the election results were "another sign that Jesus is coming soon."
According to Moreland, Calvary Baptist did not have a history of posting controversial or inflammatory political messages on its sign.
Eddie Cantrell, senior pastor at Trenton First Baptist Church, told CP while speaking for himself only that Calvary's sign was "not something I would do."
"When we preach the gospel and live the gospel then the world will want to know Jesus. I preach the entire word of God, and sin is sin, but I am not in a position to throw stones at anybody, because I am a miserable sinner myself," said Cantrell.
"I do not believe that any sign will convert a person."
Calvary Baptist is not the only church to cause political controversy by what was posted on its marquee sign. In the weeks leading up to Tuesday, an interdenominational Texas church posted a sign that garnered attention. Church in the Valley of Leakey, Texas, had a message on its marquee sign that read "Vote for the Mormon, not the Muslim! The capitalist, not the communist!"
KSAT 12 News, the San Antonio-based news outlet that first broke the story, observed that several other churches across the country had also put laconic and sometimes provocative political messages on their marquee signs, including several anti-Obama statements.
Calvary Baptist Church of Trenton, Ga., is headed by Billy Wallace. The church did not return comment to The Christian Post by press time.
Correction: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012:
An article on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, about a Georgia church's controversial signboard incorrectly reported that Eddie Hyde is the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Trenton, Ga. Billy Wallace is now the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church.