Toledo church sponsors “Gay is a gift from God” billboard

This billboard popped up in Toledo, Ohio, last week:

Central United Methodist Church, which bills itself as a congregation that welcomes diversity, funded the billboard with hope it would spark conversation.

The church has received an outpouring of responses, so mission accomplished. While quite a few of the responses have been negative — people are much more likely to share a complaint than a compliment — CUMC has received a few messages like this:

“Mazel tov on your ‘Gay is a Gift from God’ campaign! I love that your church isn’t just quietly welcoming — you’re ready to shout about God’s perfect love for LGBTQ people from the rooftops!”

The church currently has secured this billboard for one month, but it will sponsor the billboard longer if funds allow.

If you would like to share your thoughts about the billboard with the CUMC, e-mail or call 419-241-7729.

7 thoughts on “Toledo church sponsors “Gay is a gift from God” billboard

  1. Because I’m not religious, I’m not sure what to think about religion coming into the 21st century. It’s a good thing I guess. However I wonder if in the western world religion is as relevant as it once was. I have a friend whose BF is a strict catholic. It’s causing no end of strife. Isn’t it an odd conflict to be struck with?:)

  2. I’m 15 at a boarding educate in the Adirondacks. This is my first time on this forum, and I’m stirred up to net to know some people my age

  3. I would just love for a bilboard to read “Gay you are or your not but if you are your FABULOUS!”I dont see why everything has to go simply is what it gays are not hurting anybody by being who we are,all the stereo types bout gays out there and the one things we all have in common is always pushed to the back.We’re human.All to reach that common goal.To find someone to love and hold close to us till our days are over.Thats what it should be about.Fuck the religion race or gender.If two people wanna take that next step of loves evolution than get out the way.No one is supposed to be living their lives to please or conform to anyone elses views as to what marriage is.What marriage is is only an interpratiation but what it should be is about the person you found for yourself who loves you unconditionally flawed or not,the perfect marriage isnt a straight marriage its a marriage performed out of love commitment.What god has brought together let no man tear assunder.If god is love then we all feel it for who we feel it for.No one should have to vote on that.that very idea is the dumbest idea ever.No one votes on heteros love cause it’s “normal”.love is normal dammit.

  4. I am not religious or gay (never have been), and I have no “bone to pick” with gays. Getting right to the point (but with a happy ending), the one true God has NEVER said anywhere that “being gay is a gift” from Him, and Central Toledo Methodist is telling you something contrary to any recorded version of the Bible. Why? To bolster attendance?

    Actually (in truth), the Bible states in Romans 1:26-27, “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” Contrary to the billboard, the Word of God considers such acts as shameful perversions, not a “gift” … but Jesus loves you perfectly as you are right now!

    I was a “really good guy” all my life, but I was really screwed up inside. Know what? Churches are full of messed up people who practice self righteousness by trying to follow religious laws or through willpower. Just because they “act pretty good”, they think they have it all over others. Their belief that Old Testament legalism is the answer to sin is as futile as using an umbrella to stop a tsunami … the tsunami will win every time. Old Covenant Biblical law was only intended by God to show us that we ALL (including self-righteous religious people) “don’t have a prayer” in becoming what God really intends for us to become.

    I just want people to come to know Jesus, because once you commit your heart to Him, He will also give you the desire and power to change anything in your life that He wants to change! If you have a desire to change, and are then happy with the change … what have you lost? It’s the most painless and joyful thing I have ever known. I didn’t change me … HE changed me; I just asked Him to make me like He wanted me to be.

    I have been blessed to personally experience the life-transforming power available to anyone who believes in Jesus (not religion), who then literally sets us free from ALL the power of sin. God’s “gift” to us is His empowering favor that is made possible because Jesus paid the price for all our sins.

    If you choose to be LGBT, don’t try to justify your decision as “God ordained” by removing it from the Bible or ignoring what it says. That is both fabricating and believing a lie. What good is there in lying to yourself?

    The really GREAT NEWS is that the true heavenly Father loves ALL PEOPLE, regardless of whether they are LGBT, and He provides us with the power to be transformed into His image and to be a part of the kingdom of God. His love is perfect, and it has been perfectly shown to us through Jesus.

    This is what queer people REALLY need to know. God loves you, and His favor is available to anyone who believes that Jesus, the Son of God, paid for our sin with the sacrifice of His life. Don’t believe a lie.

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