GILLETTE — Sometime overnight Thursday, July 15, Central Baptist Church was vandalized.
The church’s pastor, Scott Clem, explained he thinks it was focused for the reason that of a Facebook write-up Clem manufactured earlier this thirty day period about a transgender magician that was coming to perform a magic display at the Campbell County Community Library.
Friday early morning, Clem discovered that Rainbows and phrases these types of as “TRANS Lives Matter,” “God enjoys all” and “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR” ended up painted on the church building.
The graffiti value about $200 to clean up up.
Clem reported churches facial area these varieties of troubles all the time.
“Unfortunately, it is not all that stunning. Becoming in the ministry, it’s not unusual that we have alcohol bottles or trash thrown into our assets,” he said. “It stinks that an individual went to that extent that they believed they could trespass on personal residence and deface another person else’s assets that was not theirs.”
Clem reported it was a further church that arranged very last Wednesday’s protest at the library, and that Central Baptist “played very small component in all of this beside the social media submit I place on my individual account.”
On July 8, Clem made a Fb article on his individual site questioning why the library was bringing in a transgender magician, Mikayla Oz, to execute in entrance of children, “on the heels of a thirty day period the place the library was actively pushing sexual subject areas to your teens.
“What fears me is that these types of gatherings are orchestrated, not simply just for fun and enjoyment, but as a address to introduce and glorify some thing a lot more insidious and hazardous,” he wrote. “And so as a pastor and father or mother I have some thoughts. Is this merely a fun minor magic display? Or is the magic clearly show a address for this human being to communicate about sexual challenges with our teenagers?”
Clem, a previous state Property rep, has been vocal on a quantity of concerns the very last several several years, and as a outcome he’s obtained fairly a little bit of criticism.
“If you set oneself out there, if you stand on your convictions, some persons are not going to like that,” he reported. “That just comes with dwelling in a absolutely free culture.”
Clem reported he was geared up to offer with additional than just the vandalism in excess of the weekend.
“That exact same morning we’d gotten term that the LGBTQ neighborhood was likely to set on a protest in entrance of our church all through our Sunday morning products and services,” he mentioned.
He was prepared to stand outside that morning and preach his concept to the protestors. But the Gillette Police Division, which was checking the situation, informed him that the protest had been named off.
Sunday, he had people today from other churches in the region, as properly as men and women from Denver and Cheyenne, in attendance.
“It was pretty astounding. I’ve by no means observed the Christian community really so unified around one thing like this,” he stated.
Clem reported Christians in Gillette and Campbell County are drained of the “cultural decay” that is occurring in their group as perfectly as throughout the nation, and that is why they’re talking up about it.
“We’re sick of our little ones staying groomed by predators. We’re ill of our little ones getting recruited into a sinful life-style,” he stated. “We know that sin hurts people. Culture doesn’t understand that, calls us haters and bigots. If you like folks you explain to them the truth of the matter. We weren’t seeking to be jerks for Jesus.”