CHESTERFIELD, Virginia – Many residents of Virginia have reacted to the Bible verse painted on the back of a pickup truck that calls on women to be “quiet and submissive,” but the owner said he was trying to convey a different message .
People have long posted images of the black truck on social media, and last week it made headlines after being spotted in Leesburg.
Truck owner Tom Hicks said he put the Scripture on it about five years ago.
The verse is taken from the early Corinthians and reads: “Women are to be silent and submit. “
Along with the verse, Hicks painted on three crosses the symbol of the fish and the phrase “Read the Bible.”
“The reason I put this particular message, I want people to read the Bible, I want them to see this message and say it’s true,” he said.
But Hicks said the real reason behind the verse is because he’s an atheist, and it gets the message across that the Bible itself is offensive.
“Right now I don’t believe there is a God, so I guess you would say I’m an atheist,” he said.
“It is hateful and hateful work that Christians are trying to turn around and they are talking about love,” he added.
Most of those reading the message on the tailgate believe Hicks is trying to send a biblical message.
The Northern Virginia driver, who spoke to WUSA on condition of anonymity, called it “outrageous and offensive.”
“It worries me that something like this is accepted in some ways,” she said. “And that it is normal for people to feel free to show such hateful and misogynistic thoughts.”
Hicks said he hopes people’s insult will translate into action.
“I hope people read it and learn for themselves, these preachers and priests and ministers, they make things up,” he said.
Regardless of Hicks’ reasoning, Christians have said that the Bible is not a book of hate.
“There are parts that are offensive to people because not everyone wants to believe the gospel, they don’t want to believe that Jesus came, died and rose again, but it’s true,” a said Amy Meadows.
Regarding the verse Hicks chose, a 27-year-old Baptist preacher has his own comments.
“Looking at this you can certainly see that it’s taken out of context completely,” said Pastor Joey Anthony, of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. “Especially when you think about what the Bible says. “
“Jesus really raised women to a level – where, like in this culture, they were seen as second class citizens – but Jesus loves everyone and he really raised women to a different level,” he said. -he adds.
There is violence in the Bible, Anthony admitted, but there is also love.
“The very person who wrote this scripture passage in Corinthians also wrote in Ephesians that husbands are to love their wives just as Christ loved the church, which is unconditional love, and that is sacrificial love.” , added Anthony.
Hicks said he never thought of removing the scripture verse from his tailgate, but he did consider highlighting different verses.
He also said he got used to people taking pictures of his tailgate and throwing obscenities at him.
But he also said that one of the most common responses was for other drivers to run over him.