Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Where There Are Many Words . . .

There is a little Free Will Baptist church on Highway 96 very near my house, and every week I can imagine the turmoil or the glee that affects whoever it is directing how the church sign must read.

Last week their sign read:
EVERYONE WELCOME

This week the sign reads:
TO CURE WHAT AILS YOU
INQUIRE WITHIN
J.C., MD

My question for you is, Which sign do you think is better? And why?

4 Comments:

At 7:15 PM, Anonymous Bill said...

I really like Everyone Welcome a lot better.

 
At 8:47 PM, Blogger C. Evan Leonard said...

If I really had to choose between the two... or be the person making the decision... I would choose EVERYONE WELCOME....

Why? I think it is important that as a church/christians that we have open arms for everyone. First before pre-judging them with some ailment we believe they have. But Everyone Welcome opens the door to some stuff that some may very well find awkward and even objectionable.... like a homeless person sitting in a pew next to you or I..... but the I believe the Gospel starts at street level.... not in some ivory tower with steps too steep for some to climb..... with too many social obstacles.... preventing them from feeling like they can call God's house their home.... because in fact, it appears that it's an infirmary or a hospital.... if you are told there's a doctor in the house....

And, when you first immediately let everyone know that they need a cure for what ails them.... it's a bit condescending.... talking down almost.... even thought the intent might even be to be clever or humorous.... a statement is being made that seems... borderline condemnation.... in an off-handed way....

And, J.C., MD surely says that Jesus is able to heal.... but it limits Him.... giving the impression that He is like a doctor of medicine.... a very poor description of His Fullness is given.... to me, there's just something wrong in giving him a worldly title.... like MD.... although I have heard Jesus called the Great Physician... and other similar things....

So, given that it's a free will baptist church.... I guess after reading the sign relegating Jesus to an MD.... one does have the free will to drive right on by..... zoom zoom zoom.... zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom.... in one's Mazda.... : -)

Reading a sign that said.... EVERYONE WELCOME.... would probably make me more inclined to try and find a parking place....

Just tell me it wasn't NEON....

C. Evan Leonard

 
At 11:04 AM, Anonymous anonymouz said...

I saw my all time favorite church sign on a 104 degree July day in Phoenix, Arizona and all it said was "You think it's hot here...."

"Everyone Welcome" is a better approach and would win my vote of the two signs mentioned.

 
At 3:44 AM, Blogger Richard said...

When I was younger, and the world had more black and white than gray, I might have said differently. But, now that I know I am just another sinner daily washed clean by the blood of Christ, I think EVERYONE WELCOME, NO QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED.

 

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