Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Facebook comes to St Matthew’s Easter Billboard

St
Matthew-in-the-City’s Easter billboard appears to be a
traditional image of the crucifixion but upon closer
inspection it is a shared image on Facebook with only one
like and it is by Judas Iscariot.

29 March 2012

For Immediate Release

Facebook comes to St Matthew’s Easter Billboard


St Matthew-in-the-City’s Easter billboard appears to be a traditional image of the crucifixion but upon closer inspection it is a shared image on Facebook with only one like and it is by Judas Iscariot.

In commenting on the billboard, Vicar Glynn Cardy observed contrary to traditional understanding, “Jesus did not die for our sins. He died because he peeved a bunch of powerful people off. He lived and preached a message of radical inclusion that threatened the status quo. The authorities killed him for it.

“When there is a tragic death there is often a strong desire to apportion blame - the death of Jesus being a case in point. His early followers blamed each other and themselves.

“The early Church blamed 'the Jews', overlooking the fact that it was a Roman execution.

“Judas Iscariot, one of the disciples, has in particular been blamed and vilified for centuries.

“The ‘dying for sins’ business was a spin the Church applied at a later date. It was part of a larger spin about him having to die, being God’s plan and all, in order to save us from our sins. We were to blame.
“This billboard uses humour to laugh at and critique our ongoing desire to apportion blame.

“The message of Easter is that blame, guilt, and regret will not lead to a happy, contented life. Blaming ourselves or others is not the way forward.

“Rather the way forward is by caring for one another, welcoming those labeled nuisances and nobodies [whether Jesus or Judas], and building an inclusive community in which everyone is valued.”
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Estère At San Fran

Appearing at Wellington's San Fran to promote her new single, Calculated Risk, the local musician sutured together a highly impressive set of syncopated soul beats, weaving a brilliant dance cloth of iridescent splendour.More>>

Back On The Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Wins Over Spirit

In March, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal upheld an original jury finding that Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven did not infringe copyright in Spirit’s 1968 song Taurus. Michael Skidmore, who had filed the suit in 2014 as trustee of the ... More>>


Amazon Original: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm - Trailer And Launch Date

OFFICIAL TRAILER: “BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM: DELIVERY OF PRODIGIOUS BRIBE TO AMERICAN REGIME FOR MAKE BENEFIT ONCE GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN” Film to Launch Globally on October 23rd Exclusively on Amazon Prime Video... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland