TPD continues church vandalism investigation while leaders hope event acts as teaching moment

Published: May. 5, 2021 at 6:44 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Four churches were vandalized Monday night where red spray paint and graffiti covered places of worship along Thomasville Road.

Right now, the Tallahassee Police Department said investigations continue, and it’s not known yet who did this and why. They did say that this is not a targeted event.

The churches all saw varied forms of the same kind of destruction. For some, this is the first time, and others have seen people do harm to their congregations in the past.

Regardless, this instance is what church leaders hope is a teaching moment.

“Whoever this person was has an axe to grind with the church,” said Lead Pastor at Freedom Church, Larry Perry.

Perry was out of town Monday and was sent pictures of a Bible verse displayed across the front of his building

“Which talks about God not dwelling in temples made by man, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense,” described Perry.

The confusing vandalism has now been washed away, but this isn’t the first time the church experienced an unwanted attack. Last year, there was a fire after someone broke in. Perry hopes this opens others’ eyes.

“Obviously there are things going on right now in our culture, where people take out their vengeance, their anger, their axe to grind in which are not proper,” said Perry.

Two other churches, Thomasville Road Baptist Church and Good Shepherd Catholic Church saw similar red paint, but the one with the brunt of destruction was St. Peters Anglican Church who believes it’s not that big of a deal.

“While it is not the prettiest sight to behold as part of our beautiful church building and cathedral, it is not hindering us from anything we are actively doing,” said St. Peter’s Communications Administrator Will Henry Lawrence.

While they work to remove the paint from doors and sidewalks, the red x’s is something this church is putting a positive spin on...

Lawrence explained, “I like to say where the Holy Spirit is alive, “x” marks the spot.”

This church said that unfortunately foolish behavior by others happens like this all the time and now, and they just happen to be the recipients of this along with the other churches.

WCTV will continue to follow this story for updates into why this took place.

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