FINDING LIGHT IN SUNDOWN TOWNS

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

The “no-change-is-good-change” city council in our small town has voted against selling a city-owned building along the waterfront for use as a brew pub. Outraged citizens are rallying in protest. They’re tired of seeing sidewalks rolled up at sundown.

On a related matter, another of our citizens felt called to place a billboard along the highway as you enter our town. The red, white and blue sign reads

WHAT IS TRUTH?

Homosexuality is Lawful (Supreme Court)     

 Or

Homosexuality is an Abomination (Supreme Being)                                                                                                        

This billboard brings back memories of another type of “sundown town” – towns in our not-too-distant past that posted signs reading “no blacks after dark.” In those days the Supreme Being apparently didn’t like blacks either.

Here’s My Take: I would propose that, like the good citizens gathering en masse to overturn the denial of a brew pub, we also ban together to reject this so-called Supreme Being and his unending, hate-filled signs. Sidewalks should be rolled out for everyone. That’s the Truth.

A Second Take: Jesus, a Jew living as a second –class citizen under Roman occupation, knew the harsh realities of sundown towns. In response to all who suffered, he said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness ….” (John 8:12)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s