The black and white ISIS flag has come to symbolise terror and inhumanity across the Middle East, but churches in Australia are putting their own spin on it to use it for good. That’s thanks to a new poster by Outreach Media based on the challenging command from Jesus to love our enemies, even when that enemy is an outfit as brutal and merciless as ISIS.
On first sight, the poster looks like the ISIS flag but look a little closer and you’ll see it replaces the Arabic text of the original with the words of Jesus telling his followers to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matt 5:44)
The original ISIS flag declares: “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” Outreach Media made this poster in the hopes that it will “contrast the love of Christ with
the … cruel behaviour of ISIS”. According to Bible Society Australia, around a hundred churches will be displaying the poster this month. Director of Outreach Media, Malcolm Williams admitted the ISIS-inspired poster was “provocative” but said it was designed to start conversations. It’s not the first time Outreach Media have red the church with a controversial poster. In 2007, they made one with the tagline “Jesus Loves Osama”.”The Jesus Loves Osama poster was the most provocative,” said Williams.
Source: Christian Today
BIBLE STUDY: Matthew 5:43-48
PRAISE God for this bold outreach. PRAY it may indeed cause many to think, compare and ask.