DFW, Texas Billboards Launched!
September 9, 2009, 3:15 pm
Filed under: Campaign Alerts, Local Campaign Updates

We are already getting feedback, positive and not-so-positive, about the newly posted billboards in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex in Texas!  Emails are coming in supporting this amazing message.  Bloggers are providing us comments for consideration in opposition to our message.

UPDATE:  We’ve Gone GLOBAL!
Take a look at this news release from PinkNews in the United Kingdom!  Click Here.

UPDATE:  We’ve GONE NATIONAL!
The Dallas billboards are making such news that we’ve gone national!  Please visit MSNBC to offer your positive voices to the many not-so-positive perspectives.  Click Here. And don’t forget to add your voice below!

Dallas Morning News story - click here !

CBS Channel 11 story - click hereWATCH here !

Participate in a Poll on KRLD.com - click here !

Updates on Lone Star Texas News - click here !

EDGE New York Covers the Billboards - click here !

UFMCC Releases the Billboard Launch to the Global Church - click here !




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Thank you for the billboards that you’ve placed around the Dfw area , I hope it will make people think……..the ones that tolerate and non tolerate homosexuality, I moved here from Southern California in 1995 and it was a cultural change but never felt home because I felt people kept
their distance from me since I sound different and act it, through the years I’ve felt it’s become
more conservative here and unfortunately unfriendly even more to multiculturalism. I know quite a few people I believe that are in the closet cause of religious beliefs and cultural and sadly I can’t tell them to be honest, I know they have to do it on their own…..maybe the billboards will make others think about who they are and not feel unworthly in the eyes of God as God loves all………

God Bless

   Kirk 09.09.09 @ 3:31 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your billboards. I just read about
them in the local Dallas media and feel certain you are getting more
than enough emails against them so I wanted to send you a message of
support. I am not a religious person but I believe that Jesus intended
for Christians to preach (and practice) love, not hate.

Thank you,
Greta…

   Greta 09.09.09 @ 3:32 pm

The billboard campaign is magnificent. We support all your efforts to get this important message out –loud and clear and wish the best of luck to you all.

   C&A 09.09.09 @ 3:33 pm

I love it!! I just posted about it on my blog: Own the Day

   Kaleena 09.10.09 @ 11:42 am

I am neither a practicing Christian, nor a biblical scholar and don’t
know how to evaluate your message, or even that I need to, now that I
think about it.

I’m just glad to know that there are Christian churches in Texas
(anywhere, actually) that are open and caring toward all.

You’re widening my awareness of good people in the world.

Thank you,
Marie

   Marie 09.10.09 @ 3:05 pm

Two big thumbs up from David & Steve in Houston.

   David in Houston 09.10.09 @ 6:21 pm

Jesus died for everyone. Period. The issue of the billboards isn’t about His love nor is it about “acceptance” of others. Jesus loves us no matter WHAT we do but that doesn’t mean He approves. When I saw the billboards, the love of Jesus did not come to mind at all. The notion of Ruth and Naomi or David and Jonathan as lovers is outrageous and leaves me sad, sad, sad.

   Jamie 09.12.09 @ 10:57 pm

As neither a homosexual, a Christian, or an American - your campagin was probably not aimed at me, however i just wanted to say how much i admired it and to say thank you for you courage.
It is only by actions such as these by taking a stand against bigotry in all its many forms that we will one day have a world where no one will be afraid to be who or what they are, and we will be able to move forward as one world.

Good luck

Hope you have a wonderful day.

Darren
London, UK

   Darren 09.14.09 @ 8:54 am

I would just like to say that I completely support what you are doing
in Texas. As someone who was born and raised in Texas and lived in
many other places to experience differences in cultures, I think that
the campaign you are running is great and a marvelous idea. Exactly
what Texas needs: a little dose of truth to some wayward-thinkers that
live there. I wish you the best of luck and hope that you stay strong
and not back down from this, no matter what others do or say.

Angela

   Angela 09.14.09 @ 8:55 am

These are great! For every piece of hate mail you see, you have twice as many scared gay folks who smile and wait for a day they don’t have to reconcile their identity and their faith.

   Clyde 09.14.09 @ 7:06 pm

Hello,
I hope that this finds you well.
I’d like to talk to you for a moment .
I ended up on your website, after hearing about the billboards.
I can’t find your interpetation of scripture anywhere or support it from the texts..
Let’s look at a couple of things.
This life is to short and eternity is too looooong to believe a lie, no matter how much you love someone or how much you want them. Forever is a really long time. You have free will - you can do what ever you want, but don’t kid yourself or anyone else about the outcome.
Homosexuality does not change God.
Sure He Loves you .
It is not about His Love.
It is about Your love for Him, Luke 14:26 “If you want to be my follower you must love me more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.
It takes the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to make us into a new creation and to free us from sin. That same power can give you the strenght to Love Jesus more than anyone or anything.
You can love Him enough that you don’t need to look for loopholes in the Bible ,or a “newer version”, He, God alone can be enough. He can fill the emptiness and the longings of life. He is
El Shaddai - the ALL sufficent one.
This IS a big deal - not because I care who you sleep with, but because You are knitted to- gether by the hand of God in a womb with Loving care by the God that I know and love,too.
If I never meet you that ties us together, How can I not appeal to you to consider this again?

The Bible looses it’s value to support any anything pro - or con if it is altered or misinterpeted.

The definition of the word” bad “was decided along time ago. That word has been used to signify bad ,good, and even exceptional. But it wasn’t the word that changed ,just the people who used it.

You have access to the same references for the Greek and Hebrew texts, commentaries, and Jewish encyclopedias that I have. You are trying to make homosexuality acceptable by interpeting scriptures to suit your need. That is not substantiation, that is self deceit.
Putting up a billboard does not make it the truth.
How do you interpet Romans 1:26 -27
That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. (27)And the men, instead of having normal sexual relationships with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men and, as a result, suffered within themselves the penalty they so richly deserved.
I know that this is strong language - and this is a modern version.

We can understand why God said don’t steal. That makes sense to us. We can see the initial
harm and realize the potential dangers and long term consequences..
Just because we have arguments for theft, or feel an need to steal that doesn’t negate the word of God or the hardships and heartaches that can come into your life if you - do it anyway. Everything isn’t that easily understood for us humans, but that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t know what He is talking about.
God gave us a huge Earth with plants and animals and colors and flavors and smells ,He didn’t have to make it so beautiful, with so many wonders. He could of not cared if we enjoyed life, but Jesus said that He came to give us Life and Life more abundant, and that is on top of all of creation. It does not seem to be the habit of God to keep from us anything that is good for us.
It is Just not His “M.O”. Ask Eve if the fruit was worth it . What would she say?
He has always given us instructions to protect us -mostly from ourselves.
What ever you decide ,
best wishes,
Nikkolas

   Nikolas 09.15.09 @ 9:24 am

The writers of the WJD website would benefit from reading the unrelated website http://www.robgagnon.net which counteracts incorrect bible interpretations, and invalid modern secular arguments. Dr Gagnon clearly explains why Jesus and St Paul did NOT approve of any same gender sexual contact of any sort, whether two men or two women have faithful love or not. He clearly co-relates all relevant Scripture with non religious material written at the same time in history. His exegesis is far superior to any revisionist biblical extrapolations.

The New Testament was written at the SAME time in history when the Christian church did know what practices St Paul was referring to, and St Paul knew what practices that Leviticus and others were referring to. Why would some people 2000 years later, think they have better knowledge of what St Paul was referring to, than the early Church did who were THERE when the NT was written, whereas the authors of the WJD site and the books quoted from, were certainly not there.

Regarding the WJD posters, the relationship between the Centurion and his servant is not known, and making presumptions proves nothing. Jesus healed many people because of their FAITH, and some of those would have been in sin of various types. No one infers that healing of anybody else, is also approval of any wrongness they may have had in their lives. Christ gives his healing mercy to bring us into union with him, so we can overcome what is separating us from God.

Regarding conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch, there is NO Scriptural basis anywhere, to say that being born a eunuch is a gift from God, or that God created gay people the way they are – Jesus did NOT say that at all. Also it is irrelevant whether the eunuch was “natural” born or not. His conversion does NOT give support to any of his (previous) actions which cannot be known anyhow, and even if he was in sin of any sort, then his conversion requires FULL repentance and conforming to Christ’s teaching, which was in accordance with Leviticus in the Old Testament. Website http://www.robgagnon.net clearly threads all the OT and NT together.

   R. Landers 09.20.09 @ 4:17 am



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