21 Dec 2012 02:16 Africa/Lagos
Holy Land Missions: War Against Jesus is Happening in Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pressure from the local community is forcing the hands of the Bethlehem municipality to immediately take down a large Christmas billboard sign that has Jesus on it. "In the birthplace of Christianity, we have seen over the years that the Christmas holiday has been reduced to snowmen and bells," said Pastor Steven Khoury of Holy Land Missions, the ministry behind putting the 1200 square foot sign up. He added, "The essential message of the holiday season has been taken away for fear of what the dominant religious factors in Bethlehem would say."
Vandals had cut the electric cable surrounding the sign to ensure that it would not be lit up during the night, and the print shop hired to print and hang the billboard has been bombarded with harassments. Barraged with phone calls from the local community, the municipality informed Pastor Khoury that many are campaigning asking them to take down the sign. "Jesus and his message have been lost in the city that God chose for him to come into this world," Khoury remarked. The billboard sign, located at Manger Squares main street entrance with the slogan "Jesus born to die and rose again. Invite him into your heart so you might live - Merry Christmas," has caused some people to come out of their cars and take pictures. Out of fear of repercussions, no one in the vicinity of the billboard is willing to sell electricity access to the billboard. So Pastor Khoury has been going out with a portable generator and several high beam spotlights and lighting the sign up himself. Anticipating that the sign might be coming down any time, Khoury quickly did one last film next to the billboard sign. You can watch it at the link below:
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