A Pentacostal Church in Williamsburg

by hari on May 27, 2010

A few months ago, I was wandering around Williamsburg, Brooklyn when I stumbled into this Pentecostal Church:


Fair or unfair, when I think of Williamsburg, I don’t generally think of religion. I think of godless, tight panted, generally white, adult children of privilege who treat the space like the small college towns they went to school in. I once heard someone compare Williamsburg to Madison, Wisconsin…and I almost exploded. (Again, I generalize and Williamsburg, like most things, is much more complicated.)

Anyway, when I think of Williamsburg, I definitely do not think of a Pentacostal church. So, what’s more amazing than a Pentecostal church in Williamsburg?

How about how said church has been trying to recruit new followers? Check out the poster I saw hanging outside:


Clearly with the influx of young, “tight pantsters” in the area (avoiding the word “hipster” because I don’t really know what it means), this Pentacostal Church wanted to find a way to appeal to this new demographic.

“Well, they love music. How about we display a Christian version of Rolling Stone to grab their attention? Rolled The Stone Away Magazine!”

Too bad “tight pantsters” don’t really read Rolling Stone.

My favorite parts of this poster include:

“Special Report: Jesus is bigger than the Beatles.” Jesus Christ! That’s in reference to something John Lennon said in 1966. This church still has an issue with the Beatles?? Have any of them listened to popular music since then? So much more for them to legitimately hate!

“Jesus explains why Heaven is the best music venue around!” Yeah, I seriously doubt that is true. If there’s a Christian heaven and hell, the best musicians are burning in hell. And who wants to hear Christian rock musicians in heaven? Christian rock music is probably even more annoying in Christian heaven. “Yeah dude, Jesus is right there… you can stop talking about him.”

Finally, at the very bottom:

“Also: Free Trip to Heaven” Are they threatening to kill people?

Or maybe this Pentacostal Church was built recently for the sake of being ironic. The use of the literary device “irony” seems to be big in Williamsburg. Perhaps some could even argue it is overused…and annoying.

P.S. Enjoy my previous posted entries about white Jesus: Here and Here.

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Anonymous June 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Hey Hari- did you go to Townsend Harris HS in Flushing, Queens?

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Xuxa June 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Judasgate? Awesome. That's even older news than John Lennon.

Who knows, maybe the kitsch factor of speaking in tongues will take off.

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