Germany’s Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN) announced the launching of a new Bible Beer Coaster initiative, and while the church is confident the push will bring positive results, some taxpayers aren’t as optimistic as they feel their mandatory tax payment to the church is not being used wisely.
With around 1.6 million members of the EKHN, it was expected to cause a bit of a backlash when they found out that 685,000 euros ($761,970) was being spent on the bible beer coasters, but the church is moving forward with the plan.
The EKHN wanted to condense the thousands of verses found within the Bible to something that would fit on a coaster but still make an impact, settling on the verse found in Matthew 22:37-39: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
In an effort to modernize the famous verse, the EKHN came up with a message on the coasters that reads: Love God (Maybe get to know each other first?); Love yourself (Regardless of what the mirror says today); Love others (Whatever the cost?).
KHN spokesman Volker Rahn explained the churches reasoning for the initiative in an interview with DW, stating “Beer mats point back to pubs and other places where people sit and discuss the fundamental questions of life. The EKHN would like biblical themes and religious beliefs to be part of this.”