I am a Christian who usually hates reading about other Christians. The hate, intolerance, and bigotry that apparently run rampant in people of Christian faith disgusts me. Nothing turns a person away quicker than telling them in a loud, self-righteous voice that they are going to burn in hell.
But not all Christians are that way. There are many of us who don’t damn our neighbors to fiery depths for daring to love someone of the same sex or having the audacity not to be a white person. The Reverend Rod Bower is one of those rare Christians.
Reverend Bower is the rector at Anglican Parish of Gosford, in Australia’s Central Coast. He resists the conservative views of his church regularly. Reverend Bower uses his church’s roadside sign as a megaphone with which he preaches tolerance and love. His signs have had many messages in the past that have ruffled feathers in his congregation, and with church elders. Some of the messages have read: “DEAR CHRISTIANS, SOME PPL ARE GAY. GET OVER IT. LOVE GOD.”, “MARRIAGE EQUALITY. FOR GOD’S SAKE JUST DO IT”, and “ALTERNATIVE FACTS. WHAT THE!”.
After the mass shooting in a school in Florida which killed 17 people, Reverend Bower’s billboard had a strong message for American. The billboard read: “WHEN WILL THEY LOVE THEIR KIDS MORE THAN THEIR GUNS”. The Reverend posted a picture of the sign on Facebook, along with a caption which read, “#America is a society destroying itself from within, an empire in decline, it can never be great again. A culture that loves guns more than children has no future other than corruption, decline and death.”
I hope that Reverend Bower knows that many Americans are asking the same question. Just as all Christians aren’t only about hellfire and brimstone, not all Americans cuddle their guns at night, and just like Reverend Bower, we are fighting against the conservative powers to save our children, and our country.