The St. Matthew in the City Church in Auckland, New Zealand has put up a controversial billboard depicting the Virgin Mary holding a positive pregnancy test.
The church’s Vicar Glynn Cardy said of the image:
It’s real. Christmas is real. It’s about a real pregnancy, a real mother and a real child. It’s about real anxiety, courage and hope.This billboard portrays Mary, Jesus’ mother, looking at a home pregnancy test kit revealing that she is pregnant.Regardless of any premonition, that discovery would have been shocking. Mary was unmarried, young, and poor.
This pregnancy would shape her future. She was certainly not the first woman in this situation or the last.
Wow. Very powerful. As can be imagined, several are talking about this campaign, which I suppose is the purpose of it in the first place. What are your thoughts?