The Ends vs. the Means
Why do so many of us feel compelled to put religious bumper stickers on our cars? Is our motivation to bring people closer to God? Or is it to make them angry? I wonder, because if bringing people closer to God is the goal, these stick-on slogans may be having the opposite effect.
I don’t know of any numbers. I haven’t conducted any sociological surveys. But every time I see “Got Jesus? It’s hell without him,” or “Have you read my #1 best seller? There’ll be a test. — God ,” I think: Would Christians say these things to someone’s face? I hope not. So why do they slap these messages on their cars, where they can invade other drivers’ lives? Is that really “speaking the truth in love”?
Even though “His pain, our gain” is less offensive, it is so cheesy that the cheese may impair whatever epiphany it was supposed to bring.
And have you thought about how your driving might not be consistent with the Christ-like demeanor your bumper-stickers imply that you have? I cuss and pray to God every time a mini-van with a Jesus-fish cuts me off.
Bumper-stickers in religion are like bumper-stickers in politics. For the most part, they are not messages of love, but are propaganda. They get people fired-up who already agree with you, but they put up a barrier between you and the people you think you are reaching. They’re not a bad idea in theory, but they end up being a bad idea in practice.
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I praise God that He is bigger, more powerful, and more loving than us, even in our feeble attempts at serving Him.