November 18, 2008
This is not a new phenomenon. I went through a "bumper sticker" stage when I was in college in the 1970s (sorry to date myself). One of my favorites was "God is my co-pilot." A couple humorous problems ensued: First, I had extra pressure to be a courteous driver (and many believers are a lousy testimony in this arena). Second, my bumper sticker was eventually countered with, "If God is your co-pilot, you're in the wrong seat."<br><br>I think most people who engage in this sort of "witnessing" are sincerely motivated, but (just as our friends at churchmarketingsucks have repeatedly documented), we need to think about both what we are saying and how we are saying it.
If you are flying down the road way over the speed limit., it kind of defeats the purpose somehow. :)
Combative evangelism might not be the best way to open hearts, but it is a great way to make unbelieving minds think, as long as there is some intelligence involved, that is. Showing a Darwin fish getting eaten isn't any better than saying my football team is gonna beat yours... and usually both teams lose. Most bumper stickers aren't worth reading, but some of them, religious or not, really do make us ponder.<br><br>Richard Reising makes a good, strong point about evangelism in your quote. Pointing out faults, weaknesses and sins of unbelievers is not how Jesus drew people to him. Instead he healed their diseases and spoke in parables. There is a veil over the gospel to those who are perishing... Unbelievers can't see truth from the same perspective so why condemn them for it or rub it in their faces? Only the truth spoken in love will open eyes. I would venture to say that many of us Christians are missing the honest to goodness love.<br><br>Regarding the concern of being a bad witness while speeding with a Christian bumper sticker, this is the least of our evangelistic problems. Our focus is too much on self and sin, rather than on the fact that Jesus already paid for sins, including our own.
My favorite Christian bumper sticker: <br><br>"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy on Me a Sinner."
Christian bumper stickers aren't evangelism. They are just ways to brag about being Christian. Which, of course, is stupid.
I just had to comment on the bit about the Darwin fish getting eaten by the Christian fish, because that one has always bothered me. If we don't believe in survival of the fittest, how can we use that logic to say Christianity is better than Darwin's theory? <br><br>I'd also like to commend you for your take on some of these combative messages we put out there. I've seen the response on another bumper sticker, "I don't have a problem with Jesus, but his followers scare me." Just what kind of image are we giving of ourselves and would Jesus be pleased with it?
I appreciate finding your post. I also see your point.<br><br>I have a bumper magnet on my vehicle that says, "Is there more to life than this" and below that <a href="http://Alpha.org" rel="nofollow">Alpha.org</a>. It is to advertise a Spiritual program that runs at the church I was attending. While I see your point, I do not find the magnet on my vehicle as offensive as the ones you are speaking of. <br><br>Anyone have anything to disprove my thoughts? Or, to help me see otherwise.<br><br>Open to your thoughts.<br><br>Always willing to see outside my own box...
I agree completely. I am a believer and these bumper stickers make me ill at ease. If I weren't a believer I would definitely be on the defensive. It doesn't offer a good witness at all.
I have always admired the bumper sticker which said, in plain white letters on blue background, "My Boss Is A Jewish Carpenter." When, late in life, I actually got a car, I looked for where I could get one. A Google search shocked me, because it turned up variations showing a crucified Christ in full color. I liked the slogan because it is down to earth, doctrinally ambiguous, plain, simple, but respectful. I despised the jazzed up version. (A rabbi I correspond with offered that he knows a very competent Jewish carpenter he could put me in touch with.)<br><br>As to the fish, first, the Darwin fish was foolish, and, the Christian reaction was stupid. Darwin was never a fish. The original Christian fish was not about evolution, it was a hieroglyph of an acronym (ICTHYS, more or less, but originally in Greek letters). Jesus has no need to eat Darwin, Jesus died for Darwin's sins, whatever they may have been -- stumbling onto the glorious pageant of how God "made the life that the waters brought forth" was not a sin in my understanding. Nor is Jesus a fish. Nor did fish, even in Darwin's theory, grow feet. So if Christians want a fish, just stick to the plain old fish, which actually means something. And those who want to push their belief in evolution in some sort of public display, need to study the theory rather than turning it into a burlesque joke.
I bacame a Christian in the 70s & being a VERY shy person yet bursting to share my new found Saviour I loved my bumper sticker that simply said 'One Way - Jesus' & every time it got ripped from my car just knew the message was getting through! Needles to say I kept on replacing it. At the age of 65 I am now MUCH more confident & share my faith without the sticker, though I do post scripture in my bakery shop window! Preach Christ any way you can.
I never had a bumber sticker on my vehicles, except the fish, which identifies me as a Christian. It is a way to open that door as people do ask sometimes about the fish and I tell them that yes I'm a Christian, "are you?" All the other stuff which I see on vehicles and in Christian stores are funny to read for me, but maybe not for others. Keep in mind who you are representing in what you do and what you say. I have a hard enough time keeping myself out of the conflict. Tell everyone you see about God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, with respect and kindness. In God's Grace John
I agree 100%; I am a devout Christian but I believe that there are wiser methods to sharing my faith. We are told to be as bold as a lion, wise as a serpeant and gentle as a dove. We can't win people to a better life by telling them how bad theirs is, which, as formentioned Christians are notorious for. Jesus never berated sinners, only those that thought they were better than everyone else.
I think the real message meant to be given with "REAL MEN LOVE JESUS" stims from the idea many lost people have of christians is that it is just a weak person who needs a crutch to lean on whereby the believer knows that you can be a strong manly individual and still need and want to worship Jesus. I don't think it was meant to offend anyone.
I like Christian bumper stickers, especially it they can use a touch of humor to make a point, including "If God is your co-pilot, switch seats." <br><br>I think we need to lighten up a little & not be critiical of 'bumper sticker Christians.' Admit it, we generally worry so much about the possibility of giving offense that we say nothing at all. Can any bumper sticker really bring a lost one to salvation? Bumper stickers also serve as an encouragement to those who are already Christians, and some days I need all the encouragement I can get! <br>So go ahead & express yourself, Christians, as God so leads!<br>
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