A billboard ad in Georgia has caused quite a stir in the Christian community. The billboard appeared on a well-travelled route in Georgia last week, with a picture of former president Donald Trump and the verse:

“Unto us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulders” – Joint Heirs Romans 8:17

The verse of course, was not just immediately pointed out as blasphemous, but many noted that the verse was actually from Isaiah 9:6, not Romans. The verse in full reads:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. “

Isaiah 9:6

The verse of course, is typically interpreted as a prophecy of the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Tennessee pastor Bill Bond tweeted his disgust:

“People just over the border in Georgia seeking to redefine blasphemy. And doing an excellent job at it.”

Another commented:

“The intimation that Trump, no matter what one thought of him or his administration, is akin to a messiah, the one prophesied in Isaiah or otherwise, is arrogant at best and blasphemous at worst.”

The local Chattanooga Times Free Press, a prominent Trump supported in the area, wrote:

“The intimation that Trump, no matter what one thought of him or his administration, is akin to a messiah, the one prophesied in Isaiah or otherwise, is arrogant at best and blasphemous at worst.”

A similar billboard appeared in St. Louis in 2018. It bore a picture of Donald Trump and the verse, “The Word became flesh.”

The billboard was placed along north Highway 27 in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. It is not known who sponsored the billboard message but the location it appeared in is represented by the controversial U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene.

The billboard has since been taken down.

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