What is it with the body of Christ and bumper stickers? Seriously how many people do you think will be in heaven because they read some words on the back of a car and were driven to become Christians. And who is it that sits around and thinks up these sayings? They are like holy Hallmark cards, the perfect mixture of corny and Christian. Dont get me wrong, Im sure the intent of taking the time to buy a Christian bumper sticker and actually placing it on the backside of your car is noble. The goal is for all to see these words and declare to all those sinners in our exhaust zone some kernel of Christian truth. Deep thoughts like:
God is my copilot.
Angels are watching over me.
Christians arent perfect, just forgiven!
If God is your copilot why not try letting go of the steering wheel and taking a little nap? Shouldnt he be driving anyway? I mean hes had his license a lot longer than you and Im sure his driving record is impeccable.
And should more than one angel have to watch over you? Are you that bad of a driver? Since when do we get more than one guardian angel?
My personal favorite one is Christians arent perfect, just forgiven! Its like a license to drive badly. So what if you ram the car next to you? Youre not perfect right? I can hear the conversation now:
Son, do you know how fast you were going?
You were going forty miles an hour over the speed limit.
Didnt you read my bumper sticker when you pulled me over? We Christians arent perfect, just forgiven.
Well, God may forgive you son, but the judge is gonna make you pay.
By the way, if you are a bad driver (like I am) you should probably break out the razor blade and scrape off all of your Bible bumper stickers and fish symbols. If you speed a lot or wreck a lot or talk on the cell phone while eating a cheeseburger a lot, its time to remove all Christian quotes from your tailgate.
When you think about it, we Christians shouldnt need bumper stickers of any kind to declare our Christianity to others. We shouldnt have to have Christian T-shirts, buttons or bumper stickers for those around us to get the message. Our lives should be so bathed in the love of Jesus Christ and power of the Holy Spirit that those we encounter should sense something supernatural.
Paul put it this way to the Corinthians, You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts. (2 Corinthians 2:2-3)
What is Paul saying? Let me give you a modern paraphrase, You yourselves are our bumper sticker, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You are a bumper sticker from God, the result of our ministry, printed not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not stuck on an actual car bumper, but on the bumper of the human heart!
Every word you speak and everything you do is a bumper sticker. Your actions, intonations, attitudes, responses, non-verbal and verbal communication all shout something to people around us. Those who read our micro messages are either drawn closer to Christ or driven farther from him.
Be careful how you drive.
Id like to type more about this. But Id better stop. Im driving and dont want to get in another wreck.
Founder and president of Dare 2 Share Ministries, International (D2S) Greg Stier has made an impact on the lives of tens of thousands of Christian teenagers across the country through Dare 2 Share conferences, where he equips youth workers and leaders to be effective in sharing the gospel. For more information on Dare 2 Share Ministries, please visit www.dare2share.org. Find out how Dare 2 Share Ministries and Focus on the Family® are working together to capture the hearts of this generation of teenagers, visit www.capturetheirhearts.com Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.