BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Hurtful anti-Christ messages were spray painted on the back of the church sometime overnight on Monday. As Bardstown Police search for whose responsible, church members say they've been targeted.
In a profession where your job is to spread a message of hope, "To use such language is just blatantly disrespectful," explained Associate Pastor Jewl Brock.
To see vulgar and anti-religion words and phrases painted on the side of First Baptist Church's sanctuary is a bit upsetting.
"Because we have freedom of speech, you can say and do anything you want to, but to vandalize someone else's facility is just kind of sad. It saddened my spirit," said Brock.
Phrases like "Jesus isn't real" and "fake faith" were among those painted on the church.
Police aren't exactly sure why this church was the target, but say its location could have been a factor.
Just a few months ago the church had its air conditioners stolen and about 8 years ago Brock says their front building was a canvass for "racial slurs."
Brock explained, "So this is more not against race, but it is more against the validity of who Jesus Christ is."
While church members came together to clean up police say because of timing they have a pretty good idea who may be responsible.
Since students have been on fall break police said they have had their share of petty theft and vandalism.
Brock says while he's able to forgive he's ready to challenge their message and hopes to one day get the chance to meet whoever did this, "If they are bold enough to stand and do what they did, then surely I'm bold enough to stand and say what I want to say and what I believe in."
Bardstown Police are cracking down on juvenile crime and a city ordinance allows officers to cite parents if their child is out after curfew.
If you have any information about this vandalism you are asked to give the Bardstown Police Department a call.
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