New Zealand Church Billboard: Was Jesus Gay?
A billboard outside a progressive Anglican church in Auckland, New Zealand, has garnered international media attention for questioning the sexuality of Jesus Christ.
St. Matthew in the City’s holiday billboard shows an image of baby Jesus with a rainbow-colored halo, and the affirmation: “It’s Christmas. It’s time for Jesus to come out.”
The church’s reverend, Glynn Cardy, told Auckland Now the sign is about “trying to lift the humanity of Jesus.”
“The fact is we don’t know what his sexual orientation was,” Rev. Cardy said. “Would it make a difference if he was gay? Would that change the picture for you?”
According to Auckland Now, the church is known for its provocative posters. Last year, one of its posters showed the Virgin Mary holding a pregnancy test. The images have reportedly reached over 21 million people on Facebook, and brought 30,000 visits to St Matthew’s website.
Another priest, Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, told Jon Stewart recently that while it’s impossible to know if Jesus Christ was gay, he believes Jesus approved of gay relationships.
“Here’s a guy who — in a culture that virtually demanded marriage — was a single guy, spent most of his time with twelve men, singled out three of them for leadership and one of them is known in the Bible as ‘the one whom Jesus loved,’” Robinson told Stewart.
WATCH: Bishop’s Robinson interview with Jon Stewart.