Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Dear People Who Put Religious Bumper Stickers On Your Cars.
Let's play a game.

Can you find me one, just one person who was saved or born again or converted or found your version of Jesus because of a bumper sticker?

Seriously, can you find ONE?

That's because witty wordplay doesn't inspire faith where it doesn't already exist.

Now lets try something much, much easier.
Find one person who's felt offended, judged or unwelcome in your faith because of a bumper sticker.
Trust me, you won't have to look far.

In all fairness, there are a few that pass the offensiveness test. And I don't think for a minute you have to be ashamed of your religious beliefs. It's just that attempting to define an entire belief system in one phrase is very difficult, and if not done carefully, it's very open to misinterpretation. And that misinterpretation, (or forcing someone to read it because you've just cut them off) just shoots your message in the foot.
Jesus, according to the book of Luke, had a conversation with a religious law expert, in which Jesus' message was boiled down into "Love the Lord your God," and "Love your neighbor as yourself." I think if you stick to something like that, you're good.
The only people who would get offended at that would be the sort that get offended at any and everything, and I'm not suggesting we have to humor those nuts.

But please, stop and step outside of yourself for a minute before you put that bumper sticker on your car.
Let your life speak, not your bumper.
(Hopefully) It will be a much more eloquent, much more meaningful, much more powerful a statement.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

And well driven. Oiled regularly, and insured.

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