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This Church Is Going Viral For Its Political Street Signs Promoting Tolerance, Transgender Rights

This Church Is Going Viral For Its Political Street Signs Promoting Tolerance, Transgender Rights

Erikson adds that the reactions he gets for his messages have been positive. He added that drivers passing by honk in support.

Rev. Adam Ericksen is a pastor with a heart full of love and signboards full of messages promoting love, equality, and inclusivity.



 

Every week Ericksen changes the message on a marquee sign next to the street by the church.



 

According to CNN, the messages he posts are in relation to the things happening around him.



 

Last week, he decided to post a message with regard to the "heartbeat bill" that was passed in Georgia.



 

He decided to use the opportunity to remind patrons that transgenders have hearts, too. 



 

This is something that comes as a refreshing change because, for too long, people have used religion as an excuse to justify all the hate and discrimination that's been going on.



 

This excuse has been overused, even though there seems to be no evidence to what's been said and done, anywhere in any of the holy books.



 

It has only been a year and a half since Erikson took the reins at Clackamas United Church of Christ in Milwaukie, Oregon, just outside of Portland.



 

At the time he says he had about 30 reliable attendees each Sunday. Like any other pastor, Erikson too was trying to spread his message in the community and to build his flock.



 

That's when he realized he had the perfect medium to do so. And what better way than to literally spread the 'message'?



 

"The best way to do that is with this sign," he said. Since then, he gets around 50-60 attendees each Sunday, and that's actually an impressive rise in number. 



 

Erikson adds that the reactions he gets for his messages have been positive. He added that drivers passing by honk in support.



 

He also mentioned some of the photos he's posted on Facebook have been liked and shared more than 10,000 times.



 

"We've gotten hundreds of messages, including from transgender people who say they wish they had a church like this in their area," he said.



 

"People are thirsty to know they are loved," Ericksen said. "In every area, there are pockets thirsting for this message of radical inclusion."



 

He says "there's been almost no criticism from the local community." This is probably because they seem to see the reasoning behind it. 



 

But, occasionally there are people who do say the signs are a bit political, though. The pastor says that's exactly the point of this whole exercise. 



 

"Jesus preached the kingdom of God, and this was politically loaded message," Ericksen said. "His harshest message was for religious leaders who marginalized people."



 

To back up his statement, he cited Christ's sermon on the plain in the Gospel of Luke: "But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort."



 

He strongly believes that faith in God is all we need. "That's the kind of radical grace that all people get," Ericksen said.



 

He also seemed to think it was a good idea to make the best use of the board by stating facts.



 

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