This is not helping.
I just spoke at our emerging gen service on the topic of "pursuing the outcasts." It is so clear as you read scripture that the heart of Jesus is consistently turned towards the outcasts, the marginalized, those seperated from God. In Luke chaptert 15 Jesus tells three parables of things that were lost and were then found; 1 sheep out opf 99; 1 coin out of 10; and one of two sons. And upon the return of the lost, cherished one there is great celebration on Earth as well as in Heaven.
You see, Jesus was all about bringing the outsider in. He leveled the playing field of His time by proclaiming that everyone was in need and that only He could fulfill that need. His heart of compassion for those who were spiritually seperate is clearly seen in His actions as well as His parables.
As a matter of fact, He had the hardest most condemning things to say to those who called themselves children of God. But instead of sharing His heart they erected for themselves more barriers for the outsider and burdened men down with their own self-righteous additions to the law. They themselves became an obstacle to the outsider entering the Kingdom. And Jesus clearly showed His disdain for them in scripture.
If we are to call ourselves Christ followers we will share His heart and pursue the kind of people that He pursued with the same kind of passion and compassion that He showed. The inverse of that is true as well. If we don't pursue people with the love that pursued us and brought us into the Kingdom, we aren't following Jesus.
We were all the outsider at one time.
Signs like this make me just a little ashamed of my brothers and sisters who thought this was a good idea. And more than a little grieved for the lost one who will see this sign and further broaden the gap between themselves and the message of Jesus' love.
Link: obahsomah's Xanga Site.