Church sign goes viral with funny social media message

(Source: WAFF 48 News)
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Huntsville church is getting a lot of attention because of the witty wording on their sign out front.

Church leaders were thrilled to hear that it's gone viral. It states: "Follow Jesus and we don't mean on Twitter."

Thousands of people have taken notice to the message that has a much deeper meaning.

It's been up for about a month at Lakeside United Methodist Church on Meridian Street in Huntsville. A few days ago, a member of the WAFF news team posted it to their Twitter page and it has racked up more than 700 re-tweets and more than 3000 likes.

"That is awesome. You never know what's going to happen when you take a picture of a sign. You never know how the community is going to respond and I think it's outstanding," stated Preston Brown, who is a preacher at the church.

By mixing in humor with their message, church officials hope it inspires people driving by each day, as well as the thousands of people who have seen the sign on social media.

"The hope is that as people go by, they are reminded to follow Jesus and people in our neighborhood are reminded to follow Jesus. We have students around here traveling to and from university and as they spend time on social media, they are also reminded to follow Jesus," said Dr. Thomas Muhomba, the pastor.

"We live in a society today where it's extreme technology. People are on their phones, texting, using Twitter, playing video games, always in their own little world, never taking time to acknowledge other people," Brown added. "It isolates you...That's why so many bad things are happening. Follow Jesus. To do that, you need to have a personal relationship with him."

It's a creative way to encourage everyone who see it to engage more in life beyond social media.

"We try to communicate God's message in many different ways and sometimes you can use humor as well. That's what this sign does. But we are trying to pose a serious question in that we do need to follow Jesus and not necessarily on Twitter. It makes the relationship more serious," Brown explained.

The church doesn't plan on changing the sign for right now, hoping its popularity will speak to even more people.

"Now that it's gone viral, we have to keep it there and let other people see it," Brown said. "A lot of people have commented on it! And every time we come into the church, we see it and provides humor. It makes you laugh. It makes you smile and it puts you in the mood to worship."

"I'm so excited about all of this. It's a funny way of spreading the gospel. I hope we keep sharing that message on Twitter, but the number one thing is to follow Jesus and your life will be much better," Dr. Muhomba added.

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