DATE: 12/14/2004 11:07:00 PM
"Jesus Didn't Turn People Away" - What an offensive commercial. Here I am, watching the History Channel and during a commercial break, I'm accused of being a racist. The United Church of Christ seems to think most churches in America routinely turn away minorities, gays and lesbians and people who don't wear ties. Okay, I made that last one up. Still, the commercial is galling. It shows two bouncers letting mostly white people into a church and turning away a gay couple and some minorities. Then the words - "Jesus didn't turn people away. Neither do we" appear on the screen and a large group of people is shown smiling. The camera then randomly (ha!) focuses on three couples - minorities all. I'm sure that was coincidental.
It's pretty sad that a congregation has resorted to slandering other Christians to get people to visit a UCC church. I've got a better idea for the UCC - rather than focusing on marketing, why don't you improve your message? Stop tickling ears and start focusing on the One who attracts people to church.