Photo of the Day: ‘God Prefers Kind Atheists Over Hateful Christians’

by Hauwa Gambo

An American church posted this message on its exterior billboard in late March, and has since gone viral across social networks, and p**sed off a lot of Christians on its way.

Tom Tate, pastor of Rose City Park United Methodist Church in northeast Portland, told media that “the sign shows his 385-member church’s “radical hospitality” towards people who feel alienated from faith.”

Not surprisingly, some Christians have taken umbrage over what they see as an unbiblical message – but Pastor Tate insists that is the message from the Parable of the Good Samaritan. To the Hebrew religious establishment of the time, Samaritans were like atheists, he said. “The ones that are upset think we are pitting atheism against Christianity,” he said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “We are actually pitting kindness against hatefulness.”

What do you think?

Leave a reply

Your e-mail address will not be published.

Comments (3)

  1. Many people who call themselves Christians would not like to hear this because they are the chief hate mongers. They judge others every second and find them wanting and therefore not worthy of God's love. Yet like the pastor says, this is the message of the Good Samaritan parable. Jesus was not foolish when he added those considered holy at that time to the message. Bottomline, if you call yourself a Christian, don't perpetuate hate.

  2. Valerie I love your wisdom, really a hateful Christian does not exist. But I get pastor Tate's drift sha.

  3. As I'm not in God's head I do not know what to think. He has said our ways are not his ways. But really its disconcerting watching "hateful Christians". Hate is ungodly, God's children aren't hateful so when u think about it "hateful Christians" is an oxymoron. They might as well be athiests who don't believe there's a God… That said, I really don't think God prefers one category to the other. Because Christians ARE NOT hateful.

cool good eh love2 cute confused notgood numb disgusting fail