‘I didn’t know what to make of it. I didn’t know what message it was trying to send but I felt like it was somewhat offensive…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) An eye-catching billboard along a St. Louis County, Missouri interstate reminded some motorists of the Christian Gospel, and others of politics.
Before being taken down due to complaints, the large electronic billboard featured President Donald Trump with the Bible verse, “The word became flesh.” And in the top right corner, the billboard said, “Make the Gospel Great Again.”
The sign was not meant as an anti-Christian cheap shot, as some had wondered. In fact, quite the opposite.
A Facebook group called “Make the Gospel Great Again” said the billboard message was anything but an attempt to equate Jesus with President Trump, rather it was an attempt to say that Trump is a strong defender of Christianity.
“Salvation comes only from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, not any man,” the group said.
“But God does send his messengers to us, and just as King David liberated the faithful in his day, President Trump is doing this today through his protection of the unborn, defense of our land against foreign invaders and standing up for Israel,” the social media post continued.
“He surrounds himself with champions for Christian Rights—Mike Pence, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh. Compared to the disaster of a president we had in Obama, how is this not the ‘word become flesh’ for Americans? As Christians we must not stand against God’s will despite the persecution we face for doing so,” the post said.
Some drivers presumably complained at the mere sight of Trump, who is a tremendously polarizing figure to many Democrats.
Other drivers didn’t know what to think.
“I didn’t know what to make of it. I didn’t know what message it was trying to send but I felt like it was somewhat offensive. I didn’t know if they were trying to equate Donald Trump to Jesus,” area resident Sherri Chisholim told KMOV4, a local CBS affiliate.
The billboard is owned by a company called DDI Media, that said on Monday the sign had been removed due to its political nature, and because the message of “Make the Gospel Great Again” didn’t meet their ad requirements.