Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:15 PM
Posted 16 July 2011 - 09:56 PM
I need to point out that I am not a big fan of a church sign being anything other than informational. Otherwise they tend to be silly or trite. I do have one exception. That sign read, "Tithe if you love Jesus. Anyone can honk." I got thinking about this as I drove by a church today with this message on their marquee--"God plus one equals a majority." Even though we all understand the sentiment that even if we feel all by ourselves, if God is with us then we can persevere, etc. However, does the message displayed at this neighborhood house of worship betray a certain smallness in who they understand God to be? Or am I being overly critical?
I see what you're saying: God plus no one actually surpasses a majority since the Bible says, , "Let God be true and every man a liar". No one else's vote, ultimately, counts. That said, I'd rather spend time on more, as you say, critical, matters rather than getting involved in other minor matters like signs. We have fellow believers being persecuted in less-free lands, abortion, sex trafficking, political corruption and other major issues we should be speaking to--not to mention a great commission to carry out. Don't sweat church signs, brother! On the lighter side, it's interesting you should bring up that topic today. I saw one myself, this one darkly humorous but a good public service reminder nonetheless. It said, "Honk if you love Jesus--text while driving if you want to meet Him!"
Posted 17 July 2011 - 01:26 PM
Posted 17 July 2011 - 02:19 PM
I was toying with either not responding or simply saying a quick "lighten up." However, I realize my post may have benefited from a few emoticons strategically placed. That being the case I would hope it would be understood that I realize in the greater scheme of serious issues facing us as kingdom citizens that pondering on the thinking that might lie under a church sign in minor in comparison. Since I am fairly new in contributing on the forums and the blogs I guess I have not quite gotten the feel about what manner of conversation is normally had.
In that case, I did indeed misread some of your comments, taking them too seriously. Those emoticons are definitely helpful!
Posted 22 December 2011 - 09:39 AM
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Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:35 PM
While I am not a fan of corny puns on church signs I wonder about a sign I saw recently. It said, "By his stripes we are healed." Is.53:5. For me as a believer that sign speaks volumes but I wondered how the unchurched would see that sign. I tried to put myself in the shoes of an unbeliever and I could not make sense of it.
Good point, Rob. I had an exercise in seminary which made a lasting impression on me. One of my professors had us each take a gospel tract & underline in red pencil anything we felt an unchurched non-Christian would fail to understand. Most of my tract was underlined, between abbreviated Scripture references, King James English and the jargon used. I do occasionally share a tract, but only if it passes the red pencil test easily, & try to keep the same test in mind when I share my faith.
Posted 29 April 2012 - 12:42 PM
As for this being an unimportant topic, I disagree. How often did Jesus stop to do something that seemed small or irrelevant? I don't think anything is too small or too large in God's kingdom for His people to think about. And the image that the church projects to the world around it is not an irrelevant thing at all. How many people have seen silly or ridiculous signs and decided that church wasn't for them if that is what it is about?
We are to do all things to the glory of God, whether it is helping the starving, rescuing those in need or speaking to the world around us. I think that the idea that a church sign doesn't mean anything is part of what led to the garbage that is on the signs today. After all, if a sign is unimportant than who cares what we put on it. Stick to God's word, it is powerful and will never return void. That is my opinion.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:54 AM
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