From John Frye:
Julie and I intentionally pay attention to church signs that have sayings on them. On Saturday last we saw a church sign:
BE AN ORGAN DONOR
GIVE YOUR HEART TO JESUS
After we rolled our eyes and got over the mental jolt, we asked ourselves what purpose do these signs and sayings serve? What goes through the minds of unsuspecting people who are far from and miss God? Did Jesus suffer a heart attack with residual damage? Maybe I am too literal, I don’t know, but it seems real bloody to me. If I give my heart to Jesus, then I die. Is that it? What if everybody gives their heart to Jesus? What will he do with all those donated hearts?
We would like to think the saying is cute, but it’s not. It’s pathetic. It is gibberish to those unskilled in evangelingo—my word for insider-speak that requires the secret dictionary.
One of the most aggravating signs is this:
C H _ _ C H
When we see this one we have an overwhelming feeling to turn into the parking lot, rush into the church crying, “We just don’t want to be missing anymore! God help us!” Do people really think that sign is doing anything at all redemptive? Or, are people who drive by suppose to think, “Why, aren’t they clever? Did you see that? U R. How so very clever.”
Why not some honest church signs:
GOSSIP SPOKEN HERE, or
WE WELCOME EVERYONE,
ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE JUST LIKE US.
I think the words “Jesus Saves” painted on a rock by the highway is still one of the best signs.
(link – I’ve quoted his entire post. Hope that’s OK. I’m quite willing to cut some out if needed.)
My feelings exactly. Except that perhaps I think even the “Jesus Saves” rock is ineffective and possibly pointless–but it’s certainly the better choice.