Last updated on November 30th, 2019
If you drove past this church sign saying, would this make you want to stop go in? Or would you be horrified by what you read and speed away?
You’ve seen them many times. You’re sitting in your car. You’re driving down the road, and you see a sign next to a church. Usually these are funny church sign sayings that make you laugh, or church sign sayings about faith that make you think. “Need a lifeguard? Ours walks on water”. “Son screen prevents sin burn.” You get the gist. But what purpose did this sign serve?
Yes, there were 19 hijackers on the planes on 9/11. The number of Americans dead were actually 2,996. The sign is saying something that’s basically true, but still, why? What does that have to do with Jesus? If this church wanted attention, it definitely accomplished that today. In the process though, it probably made some people push the pedal and drive as fast as they could past that church.
But I want to empathize with this church for a moment. A sign like this seems to come from perhaps a legitimate fear of Muslims. Which with all the negative portrayals and stories about Muslims committing violent acts, they might feel justified. In this sign may be a legitimate belief that Islam threatens Christianity. Let’s say for the sake of argument all of this is justified. Is the best way to win to publicly antagonizing Islam? Or is the better way to show the best of Christianity and let the light of this faith shine so bright it attracts more people than any other religion? Maybe that could work better.
What do you guys think? Is this is an appropriate church sign saying, or is it possible a more Jesus focused sign might have drawn a Muslim immigrant to go in and become saved that day? To paraphrase a popular phrase, what would Jesus think of this sign?
Peace to all those who are in Christ.