Red-Faced Church Apologizes To Those Offended By Innuendo On Reader Board

To err is human, but it’s always a good idea to double-check what you’ve written before sharing it with the world. This applies to all kinds of situations, including emails, text messages, and social media posts.

We can now add another situation in which that wholeheartedly applies: church reader boards. There have been a number of instances in which funny little puns from a random church made the rounds on social media through the years, but this one went viral for different reasons.

While it was certainly chuckle-worthy - depending on perspective, of course - it wasn’t meant to be a gag. The church was attempting to make a point. In its haste to get it up on the reader board, a phrase was shared that could be open to interpretation.

Included in those interpretations is one of the sexual innuendo kind.

As the Huffington Post shares, the sign emanated from the Bella Vista Baptist Church in Edgewater, Florida. It was a simple sentence, but it was one that could definitely make you do a double take.

“Forgiveness is swallowing when you want to spit,” the sign read.

One social media user found some hidden meaning in the sign as she passed by it. Thankfully, she snapped a photo of it and shared it with the world.

“I think someone is a little mad at their wife,” she wrote.

As you can imagine, the post captured a ton of attention. The red-faced church got wind of what was going on. It turns out they weren’t trolling the community with oral sex jokes. According to WKMG, the church was quick to note that the sign was “completely innocent.”

The church would also note that the sign was “intended as encouragement to forgive.” That’s certainly one way to interpret it.

The church would go on to remove the sign and offered up an apology.

“We apologize if anyone was offended,” the church told the station.

We would imagine those tasked with filling the reader board with pearls of wisdom will be thinking twice and double-checking things for the foreseeable future. For the rest of us, we can use it as yet another cautionary tale: a simple glance at what you have written can sometimes reveal some rather embarrassing errors.

It’s a lot easier to correct those errors before they are put out there for all to see. We’ve all been there, and it’s especially prevalent in today’s always connected world that relies on constant written communications.

How many times have you fired off a text or something and wished you could have it back? How many times have you had to spend an inordinate amount of time explaining what you really meant to say?

If it’s happened to you, you’ve probably sworn that you won’t let that happen again. We’re going to assume that the church didn’t engage in any swearing, but we can also be relatively confident that discussions on spitting and swallowing will never find their way onto the reader board again.

Source: HuffPost
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