Church and religion really has a different place for different people than just a few decades ago, stretching to half a century and things are very different, every Sunday it was quite normal to go to church!
Nowadays though there are more and more people who are carrying on like a modern-day cartoon character, Homer Simpson… Would it really be better to sleep in and not say praise to the Lord, you tell us?
But one church really knows how to get attention from the faithful and non-believers alike, to make them laugh and take a moment to really think.
Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church in New York uses hilarious, and quite often deep, signs about both religion and the world at large.
We will show you some of the ones that we really love, so please do tell us your favorite one too, but if you have a friend that really needs to brighten up their day, then we think these signs could do the job.
Pastor Ron Garner of the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church tells us the inspiration behind the witty signs, as well as talking about the role of religion in the 21st century.
“Our church is located on a very busy street in Wantagh. I want to convey to the public that Christianity doesn’t have to be staid.”
“I also want to convey to passers-by that I believe people who follow Jesus are not called to be apolitical but are called to take social justice issues seriously.”
“We are a small congregation but we have new members who came because of our signs.”
He also said:
“I often wonder if religion does have a place in modern society,” mused Pastor Ron. “ I certainly believe that the church of our era has become irrelevant too many.”
“I believe that the church has quit challenging people to live full lives and has become more interested in butts in pews.”
“Jesus was a radical Jewish rabbi who challenged followers to live in radically different ways.”
“Although it may not increase Sunday morning attendance, as a Pastor I feel compelled to offer my congregation the challenge of radical discipleship.”
“This requires a focus on issues of social justice that are often absent from the worship or mission of the church.”
We have never heard of a church having an Instagram page, have you
Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church has it’s own Instagram and it’s got 60 followers. I bet the church would be even more well-known if it uploaded pictures of its signs to its Instagram account though.!
The church was founded in 1889 and describes itself as a place of worship for believers coming from different Christian denominations.
“The Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ which renews and strengthens its commitment to advocate justice and equality for all people in all areas of society.”
Many of us think that the United States of America as a super religious country, however, faith is declining in the US. Research shows that within the last decade there has been a 12 percent drop in people who identify themselves as Christians.
It tends to by younger Americans on the whole who are moving away from the faith of their forefathers. Also during last decade, there has been a 17% increase in people who say they’re atheist, agnostic, or even “nothing in particular.” Now, around a quarter of all Americans will fall into this category, shocked?
Well, we got to say, we love it, and even better it’s for women and children, and of course families and husbands too, just amazing! Don’t you agree, please tell us in the comments below…