bumper sticker

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total raving rant warning. rant rating: 8

waiting in line at taco bell, i saw a car in front of me with this on a bumper sticker:

"tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions."

wow. if whoever's car that was is somehow reading this, feel free to post back and say whatever, but if i wasn't a christian, that statement would reaffirm every stereotype about christians.

it definitely takes a unique kind of person to put bumper stickers on their car. it just seems to me that, whatever the intent is, even if it is for the best, that this particular sentiment could be stated a little differently. i'm not one to pull punches or anything, as far as watering down the gospel goes, but why we can't we as christians respect other people as people, whether they be homosexuals, liberals, or binge drinkers?

obviously, i'm not saying that the sin is ok. i just don't understand sometimes how their sin is so much worse than the sins we commit or have committed before we knew Christ. they are people who desire to be loved and cared for. that bumper sticker (or any bumper sticker, in my opinion) is not gonna get a single person to approach the driver of that car asking about Christ. the only result will be people driving away shaking their hears and deepening their views of christians as hateful religious kooks.

maybe we can try and love people like Christ did. Jesus went to dinner with the Donald Trump's and Hugh Hefner's of His days. you can see why the pharisees couldn't handle this, like how many of our religious leaders today can't handle christians hanging with questionable crowds. what they cannot see is that associating with these people is not accepting their sin. it's called being friends with people and loving them.

or we can just save the world through bumper stickers and christian t-shirts.


Misshapen Perfection said...

t-shirts (what we should be known for)
(words and music by derek webb)

they'll know us by the t-shirts that we wear
they'll know us by the way we point and stare
at anyone whose sin looks worse than ours
who cannot hide the scars of this curse that we all bare

they’ll know us by our picket lines and signs
they’ll know us by the pride we hide behind
like anyone on earth is living right
and isn’t that why Jesus died
not to make us think we’re right

when love, love, love
is what we should be known for
love, love, love
it’s the how and it’s the why
we live and breathe and we die

they’ll know us by reasons we divide
and how we can’t seem to unify
because we’ve gotta sing songs a certain style
or we’ll walk right down that aisle
and just leave ‘em all behind

they’ll know us by the billboards that we make
just turning God’s words to cheap clich├ęs
says “what part of murder don’t you understand?”
but we hate our fellow man
and point a finger at his grave

they'll know us by the t-shirts that we wear
they'll know us by the way we point and stare
telling ‘em their sins are worse than ours
thinking we can hide our scars
beneath these t-shirts that we wear

Harrison said...

wow josh,
that is awesome. very well spoken by mr. webb. i like that guy. thanks for posting that.

Misshapen Perfection said...

No problem man. I thought you'd appreciate it. Mr. Webb doesn't hold his tongue about things that bother him, and I like that.

And sure, feel free to post a link to my blog if you like.

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Anonymous said...

I totally know what you mean. At my youth group back home parents were complaining that too many non-christians were coming to youth group. What?!? Yeah, that was my first reaction, and immediately I started judging THEM for it. Yeah, makes no sense I know. I really have to remind myself all the time that we are all seen the same by God. We are all sinners, yet we are all made in His image, so we should see His potential in everyone! You really can never know how valuable a person could be to the Kingdom of God. :)

Anonymous said...

Dude sick blog post. You've convinced me to take off all my bumper stickers and change my whole life according to your feels.