Billboard with Bible Verse in Portland
A billboard in Portland, TN is stirring up controversy. This sign is located at Highway 52 & Jackson Road. This sign looks like a Bible. One side it has the Bible verse from Leviticus 18:22 that reads “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination. – God”
The other side it reads: “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” and then says paid for by concerned Christians. See the sign below.
This sign makes two good points. One it points a law from God, that man and man or woman and woman shouldn’t be together. The other point it shows that we are to love the person who sins, but hate the sin they are committing. Today too many people confuse that and hate both the sinner and the sin. But we all sin as Romans 3:23 tells us, “For All Have Sinned and Fallen Short of the Glory Of God.”
Vietnam veteran and Portland resident Ronnie Monday, who initiated placing the billboard, said he feels the statement is necessary. “People have sat down long enough, and this country is going in the wrong direction,” Monday said. “Celebrities and the president have had their say that gay marriage and homosexuality is OK, and I think it went against what God said. I needed to do something.” “I know the billboard says what God says because it’s in the Bible,” Monday said.2
According to Shannon Lynch, who has taught ethics and religion, believes this is wrong, stating that it is in the Old Testament, and no longer applies and that people need to check their faith and that only the New Testament applies with Christ. I say Shannon is very wrong here, both the Old and New still applies. The Old points to the New while the New fulfills the Old. Yes, we are saved by the Grace of God through Jesus, but that doesn’t give us a license to sin. We as Christians should strive to live Christ-like, that means not breaking God’s Law. Check out 1 Thessalonians 4:7 that reads, “For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.”
Reports show this sign cost $550 per month, with the sign already being up for four months. This sign also receives donations to keep it up. This sign is being called the Anti-Gay billboard by many news sources.
I think this World needs a wake up call. We are all going in the wrong direction. Jesus can come back any moment. Think of it this way, would you want Jesus catching you living in open sin as he returns? He already sees us open sinning. I believe that the World the way it is living and thinking will soon be in for a bad awakening from God. God’s Wrath. God already destroyed the Earth by Flood, with a promise to never flood the Earth again. His next wrath it said will be by Fire.
1. Gallatin News Examiner