“Forgiveness is swallowing when you want to spit.”
That’s what the sign outside the Bella Vista Baptist Church in the quiet community of Edgewater, Florida (pop. 22,000) read last week.
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The scandalous sign likely would have gone unnoticed had it not been for a woman on Instagram who snapped a photo then hashtagged it #swallowforthelord:
In the comments, the woman writes that she was so shocked by the sign she had to drive around the block a second time just to make sure she had read it correctly.
After receiving quite a bit of unwanted attention, the church apologized for the gaffe.
“We apologize if anyone was offended,” a church official told News 6-TV, adding that the sign was “completely innocent” and “intended as encouragement to forgive.”
The sign had drawn mixed reactions from people. Most have found it hilarious. Others, however, have chastised those making fun of its sexual undertones.
“Anybody w ho finds that offensive has their minds in the gutter,” a commenter named Gordon Martin wrote on the News 6-TV blog. “Obviously, somebody was very naive and just didn’t think it through very well.”
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Oh sure they didn’t know what they were writing. I’d throw an extra $5 in the donation basket for creative sexual humor, you know, the kind that hits you right in the face.
Please… the whole premise of Christianity is getting on your knees and servicing Jesus until he comes…
Too funny…you just made my day!
Hey, it’s right in the Bible:
Jesus said, “Take, eat, this is my body” – Matthew 26:26
That sign makes absolutely NO SENSE !
Fun and Funny! Humor in a total non-sexual way. The “objectress” created this in her own dirty little mind. The sign makes sense in an adolescent sort of way. To swallow is inclusive, to spit is exclusive.
Does she swallow her beads or just spit them up? Oh! Psuedo-christains, read the New Testament, not the BC stuff
Drive around the block again, honey, and experience life on the planet Earth. In The Year of Our Lord
“BC stuff?” British Columbia? Gotta love Canadian humor!
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