- (Photo: Courtesy of Harold Scott/Kaiser Christian Fund)
Harold Scott, 72, of Green Bay, Wis., has spent much of his earned wealth sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with passers-by who see his billboard signs on America's highways that read "Life is nothing without God" and "Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world," among other evangelistic messages.
The truck driver of 43 years has spent $600,000 thus far on the on-going billboard campaign and isn't making any money off of his venture. "We're just trying to get the word of God out," Scott said, adding that by the first of the year he will have spent another $150,000.
Among the locations where his billboards can be viewed is Highway 41 in Green Bay, which happens to be one of the entry points to Lambeau Field, home of the Packers, where he estimates 75,000 football fans will read the signs during the NFL's regular season.
Scott told The Christian Post that although his actions are controversial among those who disagree with how he's choosing to spend his money, he believes that it's his responsibility to help save souls for God's kingdom; and he's doing it by reaching out to hundreds of thousands of people every year.
"I'm trying to reach the masses of people who are lost in this world and try to get them back to God before it's too late, because this world is not going to be here forever," he said. "I've experienced some controversy. A lot of people say, 'You're crazy. Why are you spending your money this way?' I tell them, 'You don't understand; God and Jesus Christ, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, they brought you into this world and they're going to take you out.'"
Thus far, Scott's billboard campaign has been seen throughout the United States. Each "blitz" as he calls them, costs $20,000, and one is currently featured atop a few hotels in New York City. "We'd like to put signs across the whole United States," he added, "but that would cost a lot of money."
"As scripture says in the Bible, everything we have is from the Lord. And if the Lord needs it back to propagate the kingdom, we should give it back to Him."
Scott told CP that he was inspired two-and-a-half years ago to start the billboard evangelism campaign because throughout his career as a truck driver, he's noticed that among the multitude of signs placed alongside the nation's highways, he hasn't seen one that shares the Gospel with those who are driving past.
"They don't know Jesus and they don't know God, and they don't understand the Bible," he said about nonbelievers. "And they don't understand this free gift-the free gift that's in front of them. All of the gold and silver, cars and trucks, and sex and pornography amount to nothing."
He continued, "I haven't been a religious man all of my life. But I've come to know the Bible. I've come to understand it. I know what it's all about, and I know about how Jesus Christ died for our sins. The most important thing is the cross, and to get down before the cross and repent of your sins."
"God wants us to come to Him out of love, out of respect, out of what He did – dying on the cross for our sins. And that's the only way. You have to be born again. Not born of the flesh, but born of the spirit of Jesus Christ, a new person," he added.
According to Scott, who's single and has never wed, he has the ability to take on the financial obligation of funding the billboard campaign because he's doesn't have the responsibility of providing for a wife and children, unlike a majority of Christians, who have those priorities.
"I'm a single person. I've never been married and I think I was put on this earth for this particular thing," he affirmed. "I have saved my funds over the years and I feel as though I'm a modern-day John the Baptist. I don't want any glory on this, this is all for God Almighty."
Eight pictures of Scott's billboards are posted on his website, Kaiser Christian Fund Inc., which he named in honor of his grandfather, who was an optometrist. Although his organization is not yet a nonprofit, those who want to contribute to his efforts will be able to make non tax-deductible donation through his website.
Outside of the billboard campaign, Scott also plans to buy television spots that will share similar Christian messages and run on local stations throughout the U.S.