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?