Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
We pass by them all the time. Sometimes we laugh. (“Don’t Let Worry Kill You, Let the Church Help.”) Other times we’re reflective. (“Many who Seek God at the Eleventh Hour Die at 10:30.”) Church marquees, those sloganized signs out front to be seen by cars passing by, can be cute or calamitous. Evolutionist can be made to think (“If Man Came from Apes, Why Do We Still Have Apes?”) or nonchalant passers-by to be amused (“Dairy Queen is not the only place that has awesome Sundays.”) Some see it as ministry, others (probably non-believers) as irritating. But they’ve been around a long time and likely aren’t going away. The trick is to be catchy without being irritating; theological but not judgmental; informative, but not offensive. A pastor might believe in Hell but it’s not likely a good idea to put hellfire-and-brimstone at curbside.
I’m not saying it’s a good or bad thing, one way or another. Personally, I think it’s difficult to sloganize Christianity. Imagine Paul erecting a sign outside the Antioch church inviting, “Come Inside, We’re Called Christians Here.” Or “Zeus and Diana are not your Savior, Jesus is.” Still, the Bible is filled with pithy, quotable lines: “Broad is the way . . . ” “Take my yoke upon you.” “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Clever marquee signs or obnoxious signs, I wonder who will compose the words after the rapture. I wouldn’t want to be the one who sets the signage with the words, “Oops, missed it, they were right after all.”
An encouraging word: WE ALL DESERVE HELL
There is no polite way to put it. We all deserve Hell. Which of us has lived a perfect life? Who has not lied or cheated or cursed or committed grave moral sin? Only Jesus was perfect, the rest of us are described by the words of Romans 3:12, “All have turned away, they have together become worthless, there is not one who does good, not even one.” Ouch. That is spiritually painful, but true. But my encouraging word is Romans 6:23: “The gift of God is eternal life.” Be grateful for the gift, and receive it.
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