Introducing:  The world's most progressive priest. 

Though the majority of religious figureheads tend to stay surprisingly quiet about compassion when it comes to issues surrounding asylum seekers or gay marriage, Father Rod Bower from the Gosford Anglican Church says no more.

He has chosen to harness the power of social media to spread messages about love and humanity (and all the good stuff Jesus stood for), to over 500,000 people worldwide.

Some of his most popular signs include, “Dear Christians, some people are gay, get over it, Love God” and more recently, “Joining our Hearts to the Disappeared”.

Not everyone’s too pleased though. Other religious figures have said his signs should be more biblical in nature.

So, Father Bower did something awesome in response.

Reflecting on the current fate of asylum seekers trying to arrive in Australia, he put up a poignant message: ‘‘John 15:35: ‘Jesus Wept’.’’

Amen to that.

Click through our full gallery of Father Bower’s awesome messages: