God’s graf­fiti re­ply to the non-be­liev­ers

BAP­TIST CHURCH MAKES AMEND­MENT TO VAN­DAL’S MES­SAGE

Bray People - - NEWS - Deborah COLE­MAN

A GRAF­FITI van­dal who des­e­crated a Bap­tist Church has seen his work back­fire, as quick-think­ing church mem­bers turned the spray-painted words into a mes­sage from scrip­ture.

In re­cent weeks the words ‘ There is no God’ were sprayed across the Bap­tist church build­ing in Ark­low, caus­ing an eye­sore for worshippers and neigh­bours alike.

The van­dal re­spon­si­ble was un­aware that Bi­ble scrip­ture also con­tains th­ese words and mem­bers of the church com­pleted the ex­cerpt from Psalm 14 by spray­ing ‘The fool hath said in his heart: there is no God.’

Speak­ing to The Wick­low Peo­ple, Bap­tist Church mem­ber Jim Kelly said that the re­sponse is not a per­ma­nent fix­ture and that it is to be painted off in the near fu­ture.

‘We wanted to send the mes- sage that the be­lief ex­pressed in the graf­fiti has been re­ferred to in the Bi­ble in a cou­ple of Psalms and that the per­son who van­dalised the church didn’t re­alise they were in fact quot­ing the gospel. The neigh­bours are un­der­stand­ably not happy with such van­dal­ism and we will be paint­ing it off shortly.’

Mr. Kelly added that in the past year since the Bap­tist Church was set up in Ark­low it has not en­dured much trou­ble apart from this in­ci­dent and some egg throw­ing at the build­ing.

‘We are a small church at the mo­ment but we are work­ing within the com­mu­nity and have two ser­vices ev­ery week so we are hop­ing to grow in the fu­ture,’ he con­cluded.

The amended graf­fiti on the Bap­tist Church in Ark­low.

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