2017-02-23 / News

Victory Chapel: ‘Make God Great Again’

By Garrick Hoffman
Staff Writer


Phil McLean, pastor of Victory Chapel on Hill Street in Biddeford, beneath one of the signs at the church. He said he likes the look of the signs because the church is “campaigning for God.” (Garrick Hoffman photo) Phil McLean, pastor of Victory Chapel on Hill Street in Biddeford, beneath one of the signs at the church. He said he likes the look of the signs because the church is “campaigning for God.” (Garrick Hoffman photo) BIDDEFORD – Phil McLean, who runs Victory Chapel on Hill Street in Biddeford, has a message for America, and he recently decided to broadcast it on the chapel’s front.

“I came in one Sunday morning and I really believed the Lord gave me the sign,” McLean said.

The message on the signs hanging above the two sets of doors of the chapel read, “Oh America, Make GOD Great Again.”

Because President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan was “Make America Great Again,” and because the chapel’s signs have the appearance of a campaign ad, they hold a strong resemblance to Trump’s presidential campaign slogan.

“The way America will grow great is to let God grow great,” McLean said. “That’s the way (the idea for the signs) started. If America will let God be great again, America will easily be great again.

“I even wrote a song to go with it,” he said.

The signs may be perceived as controversial or offensive to some, but McLean, who said he voted for Trump, said the signs weren’t supposed to give credit to Trump, cause controversy or offend anyone, and nobody has had any complaints so far.

“Everyone who’s talked about it to me has appreciated it, even the town people in my area. I’m not out to cause problems with nobody,” he said.

“I like it,” said Clayton Wall, a member of Victory Chapel. “That’s what the country is based on. Our Founding Fathers came to this country because they couldn’t have their faith like they could here.”

McLean was inspired to print and hang up the signs because God is being taken out of America, he said.

“They’ve taken God out of schools, they’ve taken God out of the courts, all kinds of things. They even wanted to take ‘In God We Trust’ off of paper money. It proves to you that America has gone way away from God,” McLean said.

“Even if each family would choose to make God great in their family, we’d see families stick together,” McLean said, citing high divorce rates and children leaving their families as examples of families not sticking together.

McLean said when he went to Staples to have the message printed, associates there recommended printing the signs bearing a campaign look. He approved.

“I like the campaign look,” he said, “because the church is trying to campaign for God.”

“Oh America, Make GOD Great Again”

By Phil McLean

Oh America, make God great again Oh America, you’ve fallen deep in sin Can’t you see your need to be set free again? Oh America, make God great again

Moses chose rather to suffer affliction than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season Choosing the reproach of Christ than the treasures of Egypt Oh America, make God great again

Oh America, make God great again Oh America, you’ve fallen deep in sin Can’t you see your need to be set free again? Oh America, make God great again

Our fore fathers believed in freedom They put their lives on the line for what they believed in Our God is faithful; He’ll not forsake us Oh America, make God great again

Oh America, make God great again Oh America, you’ve fallen deep in sin Can’t you see your need to be set free again? Oh America, make God great again

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