WATCH: College students drown out street preacher’s anti-gay sermon with song about Jesus
A traveling street preacher, attempting to deliver a sermon in front of the library at James Madison University in Virginia, was given a lesson in Christian love when a group of students, appalled by his anti-gay rhetoric, drowned him out with a popular Christian song containing the lyrics “Oh, how He loves us, how He loves us all.”
The encounter, recorded by JMU junior Diego Jauregui, shows an alternately smiling and exasperated looking Ross Jackson attempting to speak to the students as campus security looks on.
Students, led by JMU junior Luke Reeping on guitar, overwhelm Jackson’s voice as they sing ‘How He Loves,’ a song made popular by Christian singer-songwriter John Mark McMillan.
Jauregui told WHSV, “It seemed like he intentionally inciting people to get angry at him. It didn’t seem to me like his intention was to try to spread God’s message.”
According to students, Jackson was yelling, telling them, “You’re heading to Hell, because you don’t love God!”
Jackson explained that he travels around the country with his family spreading the gospel with students, saying, “I’ll sometimes joke and say, ‘You’ve never had someone love you this aggressively,’ and they laugh. But we love God #1, and we love them. We enjoy this. We enjoy preaching to the students.”
Jackson said that students often resist what he has to say about their choice of music, sex, and sin.
“They were saying, ‘You’re preaching hate, you’re preaching hate, you’re preaching hate.’ We’re not preaching hate. We didn’t say anything much about hating them. We love them.”
Reeping, who led the students in singing, disagreed with Jackson’s message.
“Just really felt like those people needed to hear the right story about God and that He loves us,” Reeping shared.
Jackson was not arrested for trespassing by campus police.
Watch the video below uploaded to YouTube by Diego Jauregui: