This is not a cold building with a dusty King James Bible and an unopened hymnal sitting on a pew.
This is a ministry that tries to be tuned in to today’s world and is run by, believe it or not, a Hollywood resident.
“What separates our site from groups like Open Doors and Voice of the Martyrs is we try to be a little edgier and hipper. We are also a little less institutionalized in our attempt to reach the younger generation with the reality of Christian persecution in America and around the world,” said Christian Broham, founder of Legalize Jesus.
“I’m not criticizing those groups; they do great work. But growing up in Hollywood, I try to mix a little bit of pop culture with the social issues to try to get young Christians interested in what is going on in the world.”
The ministry website features the organization’s logo, a clenched nail-scarred fist with blood flowing from the wound. While some see it as a leftist symbol, Broham says people making that claim are not looking at it closely enough.
“I tell them to look closer, there’s a hole in the wrist with blood coming out of it. The leftist clench fist has nothing to do with Jesus,” he said. “On the other hand, Jesus went into the temple and chased out the money changers. In a way, Jesus was the first revolutionary, which is what the fist is supposed to represent.”