Posted by: Jonathan Stepp | October 14, 2008

Disturbing Church Signs

Here are a few distubing church signs I saw while on vacation this weekend:

Without the Son you’re toast.

Why it’s disturbing: it’s technically true but completely unhelpful. Yes, without the Son becoming one of us, humanity wouldn’t have had a chance of sharing in the Triune Life – that’s why we are so thankful the Son has come! Because of Jesus – the Son in the flesh – we aren’t toast.

How I’d re-write it: Without the Son we’re toast – thank God we’re not without him!

Life is about Jesus, the rest is just details.

Why it’s disturbing: It’s a well meaning effort to reassure us that we don’t need to “sweat the small stuff” but if you just take it at face value it means that we, our families, friends, and neighbors don’t matter, we’re just “details” and the whole universe exists for Jesus. Thank you Jesus for not being that self-centered!

How I’d re-write it: Life is all about all of us: humanity, creation, Jesus, his Father, and their Spirit.

Money talks and God is listening.

Why it’s disturbing: Honestly, I’m not even sure what this means. Taken at face value it seems to say “If you want God to listen to you, give him some money” – which of course means giving the church some money. But that is so blatantly insane that I can’t help but think the sign author must have been trying to say something that I don’t quite get and just garbled the message somehow.

How I’d re-write it: Money talks but the Father, Son, and Spirit don’t care what it has to say.

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Responses

  1. Those church sign “sound bites” can be off base, can’t they? Catchy and cute at the expense of truth.

    Perhaps the writer of “Money talks and God is listening” meant something like Jesus shared in Matthew 6:

    19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

    Perhaps we could rewrite that church sign as “You can trust God! Bank on it!”

  2. It is better to be thought ignorant, hateful and elitist than to put something on a sign assuring your community that you are. :o)

    Too many well meaning Christians put curt little comments that are offensive to non-believers (and often belivers) without thinking about what they’ve told the world.

  3. Thanks for the comments!
    I really like your rewrite of the money one, Jerome.

  4. bring ye all your tithes into the store house, thus saith the lord.


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