Back when we were driving to North Carolina over Memorial Day weekend, we saw a church called Friendly Baptist Church, and on its sign, right under the name “Friendly Baptist Church,” was this welcoming message: “For the wages of sin is death.”
Nothing says “friendly” like eternal damnation, wouldn’t you say?
I’m guessing the town name was “Friendly,” and the church name probably didn’t make anyone from the area do a double take. But combine that with the friendly nature of the sign, well, let’s just say I was disappointed I didn’t have my camera out.
It reminded me of these two billboards we always see in Ohio on the way back to Kentucky from western Pennsylvania. Finally, after about ten such road trips, I got some photos. (I actually would have missed them on this trip, too, since I was reading, but J remembered that I’ve been wanting a picture, so he pulled the car over suddenly when he saw them and nearly gave me a heart attack.)
Pardon the dark graininess of the picture, but it was a stormy day and the dark clouds made my camera upset. Here’s what you see first:
And then about a hundred yards down the road, you get this one, my favorite:
I had a friend in junior high who shall remain nameless (I have not heard from her in decades and find it unlikely she will ever discover this blog, but still) who tried to convert people by starting a conversation like this: “Imagine burning forever.”
First of all, nobody can really imagine that. Second of all, what the heck?
Nothing says “let’s be friends” like eternal damnation.