Associated Press reports that smack dab in the middle of Evangelical country, the Jesus Metropolitan Community Church is spending $55,000 on an advertising campaign asking whether Jesus would discriminate against gay people.
This is a question that many of us, Christian and non-Christian alike have been puzzling over for quite some time. After all, not only is there NOTHING in the teachings of Jesus that would support bigotry against anyone, the Rabbi campaigned for love, compassion, tolerance and acceptance--apparently alien concepts to the leadership of most Evangelical churches, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Catholic Church, all of whom call themselves Christians."
So it is nothing short of miraculous to learn that a small church in Indianapolis is taking on George W. Goliath and his army of Philistines.
In addition to newspaper ads, about 300 volunteers are distributing 650 bumper stickers, 720 T-shirts, 2,000 yard signs and 25,000 door hangers.
The church reports that the fledgling campaign has already started to generate substantial buzz and they are already planning a town hall meeting on homosexuality and the Bible.
"Jesus defended social and religious outcasts," said the Rev. Jeff Miner, senior pastor at the church. "Yet many in today's Church seem to specialize in beating up on those who are different. What's wrong with this picture?"
An ad planned to run in The Indianapolis Star will show a group of Klansmen around a burning cross with a headline, "Remember a time when a symbol of love was used as a symbol of hate? The Bible shouldn't be misused to justify discrimination against any group, including gay people."
Miner said some people use the Bible now in the same way it was used to support slavery, oppose women's suffrage and to defend laws against interracial marriage.
"We want to help other Christians connect the dots between past acts of discrimination and what is happening today," he said.
As a Jew, the David and Goliath aspect of this not only amuses but very much excites me. I'm a great believer in the Davidic Strategy. Maybe these Hoosiers will sling a stone right into the President's forehead?
Jesus wants his religion back and the congregation of Jesus Metropolitan Community Church is lending him a hand. We should lend them a hand.
According to the church's pastor, the campaign is already kicking up a storm, not surprisingly and we, dear readers should do everything we can to help.
You can send them a check payable to "Jesus MCC" and specifically note in the memo line "Justice Campaign." And the contribution is tax deductible so any shekels you send to this crusade will be diverted from Republican misdeeds.
The mailing address: Jesus MCC, 2950 East 55th Place, Indianapolis, IN 46220. And if you're too lazy to write a check, just throw something green in an envelope.
This is one of those rare moments when every single one of us can actually do something that will make a difference.
By the way, it's worth noting that these noble souls are fighting the good fight in a state that was just rated one of the ten most anti-gay states in America. So they're taking the battle right into the Valley of Elah.