Church Signs That Went Totally Wrong
Nowadays, churches all over the world. often use many types of messages to draw the attention of people who pass by them, lots of these can be fun ways to express with irony how bad we can be. Even memes have started to be used. Here is a list of these signs:
75. A what?
This message placed on the marquee of a church can be misinterpreted very quickly, although everything seems to indicate that it is aimed at people who criticize and judge others.
Another option is that it is the father's sermon, perhaps the words he says are capable of putting even the biggest and strongest man on his knees. It is an ambiguous message, but it seems that its purpose is that, to make people be surprised and try to make sense of the message by going to church, attending mass, and asking the father what the real meaning of the message that appears in front of the church is.
74. "Sacred" things
This message is addressed to those who forget mass and prefer to stay at home sleeping, watching television, or doing "more entertaining" things without paying enough attention to the word of the Lord.
Although for some it is an activity that should count because you repeat the name of God a few times, it seems that the father of this church wanted to make it very clear to his followers that God does not pay attention to these mentions. It is better to go to church on Sundays and leave those "sacred" activities for another time of the day when God is not paying attention to what you are doing using his name.
73. A message for thieves
Stealing is bad, the Bible says it, but besides being a sin it is something we all know is wrong because you steal things that do not belong to you, and that cost a lot of time and money to someone else, but a person who steals in a Church deserves the worst of punishments.
72. A great friend
The purpose of friends is to help you with your problems and to comfort you in the moments when it helps you the most, such as when a tragedy happens, or you need support to overcome a big problem that you do not know how to solve.
71. Shrek Time!
70. Be a better person
Funerals are very sad moments in which people gather to talk about the life of the deceased praising his achievements, his best skills, and the different stories and moments they shared together, but sometimes it is difficult to know what to say when the person did not behave correctly.
69. It's better to swallow
Another message that is very easy to misinterpret, but that has the purpose of drawing the attention of the people and making them doubt the message so that they have to read it several times to avoid thinking something wrong or naughty, but that has a very important idea that it is worth reflecting.
Forgiveness is about accepting the mistakes and actions of others, although all you want is to get mad at them. It's about swallowing your annoyance and pain when in reality you just want to spit them on that person so he can understand how you felt.
68. Cats ...
In some cases, the best thing that churches can do to get people's attention is to put totally random messages, and with no apparent purpose, so that you get confused and think that there is something in the message that you still do not fully understand.
67. ... and you?
It is important for religious people to frequently attend church, hear the word of the Lord, and share with their community because this helps spiritual growth and allows them to correctly understand the messages found within the Bible, but some people forget this and they last for months without attending mass.
66. Smoking hot
There are people who only care about their physique, and the church knows it, so they must find a way to make their message reach them through an interesting and striking marquee that gives them another chance to have the body they want.
65. Let Jesus in you
Apparently, many churches have chosen to put up high-pitched and misinterpretable messages to attract the attention of people who do not yet belong to their community, and it seems to work because we see more and more messages like these and we still think that misinterpreting them is very easy.
64. Jesus is fast
One more for the list of misinterpretable messages, but which is really meant to make people understand that Jesus will return to Earth and those who are in his glory will be welcomed into the kingdom of heaven.
63. Noah was brave!
With messages like this, the church tries to make people understand that they are also capable of laughing at themselves and mocking a bit about their traditions and writings. It is a way of adapting humor to the church to make others see that it is not just a group of old people praying.
62. On your knees
There is no way to avoid thinking about something wrong when you read a message like this. The church that placed this marquee wrote this message in order to get the attention of all the young people and make them laugh a little with this very misleading phrase, and maybe with this will get them to go to the church and see that going to mass is not boring.
61. Be an Amateur
Using motivating and interesting messages is one of the strategies used by current churches to attract the attention of new parishioners and to entertain current ones with their new and creative ideas. Through phrases like these, they encourage people to grow and never give up on their ideas so that one day they can achieve everything they set out to do, and the church is available to be the springboard for those ideas.
60. The power of blood
The signs of the churches exist so that people are informed about the plans of the community, or the theme of the next mass to be celebrated on Sunday, but some of those churches take advantage of this space to make jokes, entertaining people and making them laugh with their ideas and ridicule towards themselves.
59. Apple's conditions
The advance of technology has made even the most outdated churches look for ways to update themselves and bring their ideas to the minds of young people, so using an idea like Adam and Eve and adapting it to nowadays reality while playing with a current concept is one of the most creative and fun ways to make their message reach the masses.
Honestly, none of us read the terms and conditions of any product, Apple or not, but at least now we know that it is something that comes from our ancestors and we can not blame ourselves totally for accepting without reading the fine print.
58. Stop Praying!
But, in cases like the church that was responsible for placing this message, it would be best to stop praying for snow and wish that spring arrives soon, or the city will be totally buried and no one will be able to reach the next mass in any of the churches.
57. Who's your Daddy?
Many people may doubt who God really is, and the interpretation of God is different for each person, and for each of the religions and cultures, but this is a really interesting and incorrect concept.
This phrase attracts the attention of younger people because it is a very clear reference to thoughts and ideas that we do not usually relate directly to the church or religion, but it will surely start a couple of laughter even in the most conservative people. Going to church and finding God is a good idea, but confusing him with a phrase like this can make the pastor very upset.
56. Jesus loves everyone!
With how complicated this issue has been lately, it is good that churches and religious communities face this problem directly to make people understand that Jesus and God love all people, regardless of their preference of any kind.
55. Star Wars in the church
Harnessing a cultural reference as well known as a phrase by Darth Vader is a perfect way to capture the attention of all lovers of this saga, who are not usually very regulars to the church or to the common religions.
This very iconic phrase of this character is a very intelligent strategy by this church, and using it is a very clear signal that they seek to adapt to current times and attract a younger audience to get them to approach the church, innovating with new ideas and concepts that can often be seen as something strange for older persons, but that help bring religion to life.
54. Who dis?
The work of thinking about a new poster for the church sometimes becomes too complicated among all the other occupations that the members of that religious community have, so in some occasions they resort to the memes and the jokes of the current culture to be able to fill that space and generate a message that draws attention and amuses the people who are going to approach the church.
This church has used a very funny phrase to justify that they do not know who the people are because it is a new sign and they do not have the contact numbers of the others.
53. A missionary position?
Although we know that the purpose of this message was to take advantage of the double meaning that the name of that sexual position may have with the missionary work carried out by people who travel the country or the world in search of spreading the word of the Lord to people who do not they know the religion or are not used to churches, and it clearly draws people's attention.
By using this relationship, it scares some older people who think it is a very bold message and something out of place but entertains young people that relate it only to the sexual position and laugh at it.
52. Climate change
When playing with the heat that the people of that city may be feeling for the summer or a strong heat wave, this church uses a reference that everyone can understand to explain how different things would be if they had to go to Hell and face what is the true heat of sins.
51. Not in Google
People often turn to the internet to solve any of their problems today, searching through Google the answer to all their problems, or how to solve any situation that may arise, from a plumbing problem to the form to solve the most complicated couple problems.
This church understands that people resort to this source of information at all times, but reminds them that there are answers that they will not find, and that approaching God is the only way to find the solution to the spiritual problems that are overwhelming them.
50. Matthew 5: 13-16
That verse of the Bible in particular speak of people being "Salt and light" in order to give value to the land where they live and to guide those around them with their light towards the good path of life, seeking that all people try to be good people and give value to each of their steps while giving the example to others.
This church shows this message with a slightly more current version so that young people who approach the Mass understand the difference between the word of the Lord, and what they think is to go the right way to enjoy life without paying attention to religion.
49. Good Carbs
This church takes advantage of the love for food that some people have, and mainly for carbohydrates, to remind them that the Bible says that Jesus is the bread of life, so if you love to eat a delicious pasta, it's not a bad idea to attend to the mass and enjoy the bread of salvation.
This is an interesting way to attract people to religion by relating it to people's common thoughts or concerns, adding a bit of humor and dynamism to them so that they forget their problems as seek a solution to them in the teachings of the church and its community.
48. That's not his last name
Many people use the name of God in vain at all times, mainly when something goes wrong, or when they need to complain or bother about something in particular, so adding that word is one of the hobbies of many people, so much so that they take it as if it were something natural, when it should not be like that.
47. The first tablet
Among the many ideas recently used by churches to make their work more fun and entertaining for young people, is to use the messages of the Bible and adapt them in a funny or ironic way to the current reality, for example, using memes or jokes from Internet to capture the attention of those who do not normally go to church.
46. Get rid of your sins
Taking inspiration from current music is another way to draw the attention of younger people to change their perception of the church and those who reside in it during the mass, modifying their way of seeing religion and allowing them to realize that not all the churches remain stuck in something tedious.
45. Mr. Right
By using a message as direct as this, the church tries to draw the attention of those women who are tired of dealing with men who do not treat them correctly, or who just want to take advantage of them without paying attention to their feelings and needs.
44. Moving away from drugs
The person who wrote the message of this church suffered a great problem of addiction to the Hokey Pokey, but found a way to get away from those bad influences and gave turn his life around thanks to the church, the Bible, and the people of the religious community that helped him to get away from that harmful vice.
43. Jesus had two dads
This message is very clear and is aimed at people who hide behind the Bible to justify their fear or hatred of others, believing that they are superior in some way or that they are right because they interpreted the Bible in a different way to others.
It is a message of union and friendship between all people, regardless of their sexual preference, which is made for people who believe that God hates homosexuals or anyone with a preference other than theirs when in reality the religion is based on love for one's neighbor at all times. Jesus had two parents, and they raised him very well, why would not other people do it?
42. Too hot, come inside!
This is a funny message in the announcement of a church that hides a great truth and a very effective purpose. The person in charge of changing this message could not stand the intense heat that has plagued that community lately, so he left a very clear message that sums up the main purpose of the church and asks people to go to mass to know the rest of the details they need about religion.
Another message for those who have a lot of hate and do not understand that the way to God cannot be full of prejudices towards other people, regardless of their preferences or choices, because God is love towards all people who give themselves in heart to carry a correct life on the path of good and follow his teachings.
40. Stairway or Highway?
Taking into account the time that traffic jams usually last, the stairway seems to be a better alternative for people who do not want to last too long waiting to enter, its the road to a much better place, with more space, and definitely a better view.
39. Be that person!
This message is perfect for people who have dogs and want to go in the right way to heaven and their salvation, as well as having the opportunity to see their pets again after they pass away. Dogs are a proof of the kind of love we should give to the people we love, and in the eyes of our dogs, we are the best human being in the world and nothing we do can do stop them from loving us that way.
38. There's no rush
Loving God and showing it to all people is a good idea, but there is no reason to rush to meet him when we know that he will be waiting for us until we finish living a full life together with the people we love here. This message has a religious purpose, but it is also a piece of safety advice to prevent serious accidents on the roads or highways.
37. No hate in God's house
The message of this church marquee is another very precise and directed writing to those people full of hate who believe that they have won their place in heaven despite how much they criticize others, or how badly they talk about their neighbors or other people who do not adapt to what they consider to be right.
36. Catchup with Jesus!
This is a very clear example of how to use a very well thought out propaganda, for lovers of fries and ketchup, in order to draw the attention of others and get them to understand the message quickly and laugh a bit as they learn about the word of God and its teachings.
35. Love Everyone!
Despite that some people don't understand this message, the basic idea of religion is to love all people and follow the teachings of God to lead a kind and humble life. This message is very clear to people who believe that criticizing other people is important to live a good life: You must love everyone regardless of their tastes, preferences, decisions, or actions.
34. It messes with their minds
Another reason why people fail to walk the correct path is that they focus so much on the people who have done them harm, their enemies, and forget to worry and focus on their own life to take it on the right way. The life of others is their life, and it is not our job or responsibility to be aware of them, nor remembering at all times the damage they did to us.
Forgetting what they did to us and forgiving them is one of the best things we can do because it frees us from bad thoughts and negative energies, and makes them doubt because they do not understand the reason why you forgive them, and that ends up bothering them more.
33. Religious nuts out!
The person who wrote this message in front of the church knew exactly the kind of people who really get the message of the mass and understand the purpose of the religion and the kind of people who they expect to attend the church and be part of the community.
Through this creative word game, they wanted to make others understand that the church, and God, is looking for people who grow and flourish within the community to nurture others, not religious fanatics who fill their mouths with the teachings of God, but only seek their own benefit.
32. We have his number!
Taking advantage of word games that use fragments of the Bible or the teachings of God is an excellent way to draw the attention of others and make them laugh a bit with situations or phrases with which they can relate.
The person who wrote this message took advantage of the closeness of the rainy season to alert people that if a catastrophe happens and they need an ark in which to take refuge, they know the right person to help them all. A direct line with God is one of the best ways to prevent this.
31. *Slow applauses*
Sometimes, like this one, the mood of the churches reaches a totally different level, and we have no choice but to laugh at how bad the joke may be, although we must admit that it is a message that can simply take us unawares and this can cause too much laughter.
30. Tweet the Word!
This is a message adapted to a generation of young people who live interested in publishing and sharing through social networks everything they think and do, but who sometimes hide behind the screen of their cell phone to treat other people in an unfair or malicious way...
They can receive a serious consequence for their actions. The idea is to treat others as you would want them to treat you, not harm other people if you do not want them to harm you, and help others if you want them to be able to help you sometime.
29. Jesus was an undocumented refugee
This message is very much adapted to a reality that sadly happens in many countries of the world these days because many people flee from their homeland in search of a better future and new opportunities to grow.
28. How to make Holy Water
Although it is unlikely that that's the recipe used by most churches in the world, this particular church decided to share with the entire community the very unorthodox way in which they prepare the holy water before each mass they celebrate.
27. Those insects are not from God!
This sign is another way of showing that the church is capable of making fun of itself, and even of its creator, in order to unite all people in general thought that helps them understand religion as something other than prayers and ancient writings that for many people today have no application or purpose.
26. Genesis 1: 3
Another message directly extracted from the Bible but modified to make sure that younger people see it and relate it to their current lives, or at least to the messages they are used to seeing in the music they hear or in the movies they see.
Adapting phrases like these is not bad according to religion, although older people do not see it that way, as long as the message does not change and allows people to get the real message of God and interpret it correctly according to his teachings. God decided there would be light, and it was lit.
25. More than like
The churches are looking for ways to improve their connection with younger people every day, so they take advantage of technology and new trends, such as Facebook, to find a way for their message to reach the youngest members of the community, and make them approach the Sunday Mass.
Using the "Like" symbol that we usually see in our posts of this social network, but modifying it a little to adapt it to their idea, this church seeks that people understand that Jesus is always by their side supporting their actions and helping them in everything possible to lead their life on the right path.
24. U R Missing
Word games are another resource that churches often use in these cases because people are very entertained to see them if they are well done, and this is a very creative example of how to get people's attention so that they understand that they must attend the Mass and listen to the word of God.
Through this message, people can laugh a little and remember that the religious community thinks of all the people who come to the church and needs everyone to attend the Mass in order to be complete and preach the teachings of Jesus to all.
23. AIM for perfection
This message is not written in front of the church like the rest of them, but it was placed in the bathroom of this church to achieve a double purpose. Aiming at perfection is a message that we can apply to the toilets, and to our daily life to be better people every day and live a life more similar to the teachings of the church.
With such a message, the church continues to impart God's word to people even when they are urinating and makes sure everyone remembers to point and be careful to avoid a disaster that church workers later had to clean up.
22. A Great Management
A good place is maintained because it has good workers who perform their duties correctly, but above all, because it has a proper management that successfully manages the site, thinks of the people who work in it, and takes care of the people who attend to it, and the church is one of these places.
This church celebrates that its "manager" has not changed in more than 2000 years and it wants to remind all the people who see his sign that they have one of the best managers in the world because he has never had any problem during working hours and keeps everyone, workers and customers, happy.
21. Jesus is watching
Through a message like this, the church that placed this sign on the highway wanted to fulfill a very fun dual purpose. Remind people that Jesus is watching what they are doing at all times, but that the police have speed radars that let them know when they commit a violation.
They must be careful with their speed not to cause any kind of accidents, but they must also take care of their speed and how they drive so as not to affect other people and cause something horrible that can be frowned upon by God and the church. Some civic consciousness, mixed with a reminder of the church.
20. The Lord is coming
This church took the cards in their hands to make people understand that, if they do not listen to the teachings and ideas taught during the Mass, God could come down to fix things himself, and that is not something anyone really wants because it's as if your father went to your room to scold you.
With this message that serves as a reminder and warning, they try to get people to take the right path before it is too late and "the boss" comes down from the heavens to organize all the disaster that we are causing with our wrong way of living life.
19. Problems sleeping?
Making fun of themselves is a way to get people's attention appropriately and make them laugh a little, and this church found the right way to do it by using a common problem. Some people may fall asleep during sermons, and that is why the church offers them as a solution to this problem.
This church publicizes its sermons as the best way to sleep and rest pleasantly, so if you have many worries and can not rest, the best thing you can do is attend one of their Sunday Masses and sleep like a baby during a couple of hours.
18. Great Sundays!
A great pun is one of the funniest ways to entertain people and draw their attention to something or someone, so seeing that churches take advantage of this kind of humor to get people to attend Sundays' Mass is really hilarious and creative for all of us.
As this church points out, they may not be a Dairy Queen or offer as many flavors as this recognized franchise, but one of their "Sundays" will surely help to calm your worries and perhaps leave you with a better taste in your mouth than those ice creams that we love so much to enjoy in a hot day.
17. " Always ..."
Another way in which churches catch the attention of younger people is by using current cultural references to make them understand that they are not so far behind reality, as some people think of churches, and using a reference to Harry Potter is an ingenious way to achieve it.
Snape was the hero of the whole saga, and this church emphasizes it in its sign, so, if you agree with this, you can go to church and talk to other people about it, and if you think they are wrong, you can go to discuss the reasons why you think the hero was actually Dumbledore.
16. Hot as Hell
Some people exaggerate a bit when considering the temperature of the environment, and using phrases like "Hot as Hell " is an example of how they underestimate what they might actually suffer should they go to that horrible place, so the church wants to remind them that, despite how much they are sweating, it could be worse.
This sign is designed so that people understand that, although they feel that they are melting due to the last wave of heat that is whipping their city, in Hell, there are no AC units or ice creams that can help to withstand the temperature. It is better to go to church and enjoy peacefully with their new AC system.
15. Satan called!
Another way to make fun of the high temperatures compared to what they can suffer in Hell. This joke is somewhat old-fashioned but correctly conveys the message that, if you can not stand the heat in which you are currently living, you will not like the temperature down there.
Probably Satan called to get back his hot and suffocating climate, but we doubt that he is having an awful time with these short vacations in which we are the ones who have to endure the heat and the nasty mosquitoes. Just remember that in Hell you can not rest for a second of the temperature and you will have to face some lousy company.
14. Blah blah blah ...
This sign is another way of mocking a bit of themselves by making people understand that sometimes the church is filled with a lot of talks when the real message is that they should attend mass and listen to God through their word and teachings.
A sign so direct and fun should at least give people some curiosity. This church avoids saying unnecessary things and goes straight to the point, which can be something that people appreciate to avoid sermons like those advertised by the church in point 19 and not falling asleep while trying to understand what the father says during that long Sunday Mass.
13. Sin is a short word
This church takes a funny a word game so that people understand that crimes are easy to commit, but the consequence for them can be endless, so the best idea is to avoid committing them and repent of them by attending Mass to make sure you do not know the true meaning of that word.
All sins have severe consequences that can last all eternity, and although they may seem small or unimportant things, suffering all eternity for them does not sound like a good retirement plan for people who want to enjoy with their loved ones in the sky.
12. Change with us!
Many people leave the church because they believe that there is no way to fix their lives or everything they have done during their stay in this world, but the reality is that the churches accept all people as they are with the purpose of being themselves who change while listening to the word of the Lord.
Regardless of the things you have done, or how bad you have been, the best thing you can do is attend Mass and change what you do not like about your life with your effort, following the teachings of God, and repenting of the bad things that led you away from the house of God.
11. She chose you
A sign addressed to those people who criticize their partner too much without realizing the most essential reality of all. You can criticize a lot the decisions or choices of the person next to you, but in doing so, you are forgetting one of the most critical decisions they made, being with you.
By emphasizing this, the church tries to make people understand that criticizing others, even your wife, is something that can impact their lives and affect them severely. It is better to focus on your own decisions and mistakes and let others be the judges of their life so that they see what things should improve and change to be a better person.
10. Viva Las Vegas!
This church wanted to take advantage in a very creative way the Las Vegas advertising slogan created in 2003, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" to emphasize that, if you want to be forgiven for everything you did during that crazy weekend in "The City of Sin," the best thing you can do is go to church.
This slogan was created for people to relate this city with the freedom to do, look, and say what they wanted, but, even if your wife never finds out what you did, going to church is an excellent way to make sure you're not punished for all this when it's your turn to be judged in heaven.
9. Voldemort is better!
This church also wanted to take advantage of a current pop culture milestone such as the Harry Potter saga to make their message reach younger people who usually do not pay attention to the church, or their words, and who believe they have seen to the worst being that exists thanks to the movies.
Voldemort is simply an apprentice when we compare him to Satan and everything he can do if you fall into sin and do not regret this. Also, you will not have the help of Dumbledore or Harry to beat him, and you will have to endure his horrors for all eternity. It is better to stay with Voldemort and attend church to avoid comparing them in terms of their degree of evil.
Delivering "direct" messages from God is another way in which churches can get people's attention, and this church uses a very ironic idea to make others understand what can happen if they continue to use God's name in vain. A more extended rush hour is not something that anyone wants to experience.
Using the name of God in vain, this church threatens people who use God's name in vain, but it does so for the purpose of making them laugh a bit through an obvious threat that could make their return to home after a long and strenuous day of work a real hell.
7. Why Santa?
This church placed a bizarre but striking sign. By mocking the belief of some people that Santa Claus is the one who gives gifts to children at Christmas, this church wanted to emphasize that the reality is different and that Santa did not die for any of them, so worshiping him in those dates is an error.
Although it is a somewhat crude message, this sign was made to remind the members of that community that they should celebrate the birth of Jesus on those dates, instead of thinking about gifts and food as many people do, and forgetting the true meaning of Christmas.
6. Mosquitos ...
Returning to a point we have touched on earlier occasions in this list, this church emphasizes how vital was the work of Noah and the ark, but does not understand clearly how he managed to support the entire trip without getting rid of that couple of mosquitoes that he should never have rescued from the flood.
All creatures have a purpose in this world, but none of us would have bothered if he had forgotten to give them a place in the ark, or if they had "accidentally" been crushed at some point during the trip. The world would be a much better place without those little insects that are responsible for ruining our lives at all times.
5. Stop praying!
Like the thoughts about snow in this list, the members of this church would be glad if people stop praying for rain, as it said in front of the church, to avoid the entire county remains flooded and needing the help of Noah to save them from all the water again.
God hears the prayers of the people, but on some occasions, some requests are taken very seriously, and this can cause too many problems for the rest of the people. A little rain is beautiful, but when the church has to ask you to stop praying for rain, it's time to let God rest a little and hope for some sun.
4. It does not work
This church uses a little humor in its sign to remind people that not all of the tricks we learn during our lives can serve us in the afterlife, mainly for those who believe that the firefighters' advice in case of fire might work in Hell.
"Stop, drop and roll" is a trick that can save people's lives in case they are in a fire and their clothes are lit in flames, but the fire of Hell is not something that can be extinguished so easily. The best idea is to attend mass and forget about checking the effectiveness of that trick if we have to go down there to purge our sins.
3. Signed by Satan
We all know that using God's name in vain is considered a crime, although many people do it in their daily lives, but nowhere in the Bible does it say that using Satan's name in vain can have any consequence, and that's why this church takes advantage of that in this very creative sign .
If someone hates churches, it is that diabolical being that is in charge of punishing people who go to Hell, and this message can be taken as a textual quotation of this creature. He hates churches because they lead people on the right path to take them away from an eternity in Hell suffering for their sins.
2. Before you were cool
A sign based on an old meme that talks about the ability of people considered hipsters to know underground bands, trends, and ideas before ordinary people do. The hipster version of Jesus loves you before you were cool, just like your mom does.
This church takes advantage of this idea to make people understand that Jesus' love has been going on for a long time before they came to church, and even if you still do not attend Mass to be "cool," he will always love you and protect you of any wrongdoing. He'll do everything possible to get you close to the right path where you can be saved.