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I will be having a huge announcement about my book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,” coming up in about a week. That’s all I’m telling you for now. Be sure to come back often to see when it pops up.
This book reaches out to those who may be suffering from anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, self-doubt, hopelessness, and the many other usual suspects.
I have another excerpt from the book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.” This chapter talks about bumper stickers and the impact they have on people.
Will the Road You Travel Get to My House?
[Jesus said], “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world
as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
I have done a lot of traveling and have visited many places in the world. Some of those trips have been in a car. (That may stop now because of the price of gas!) While driving I have seen many bumper stickers. I’ve had many close calls trying to write them down. If you see a car swerving back and forth on a highway, wave—it is probably me.
Charlottehas taken over the bumper sticker writing chore so I can concentrate on watching out for crazy drivers—the ones doing dumb things, like making silly turns, that lead to destruction.
I’m convinced the whole world has taken a sharp turn! It is not even an “S” curve. In many ways, it is a complete hairpin curve.
I saw the above bumper sticker, but I’ve also seen bumper stickers that tell me more about the driver than I really want to know: “Born-again pagan,” “Keep music evil,” and “Party ’til he’s cute.” Then there’s the largerDarwinfish swallowing the Christian symbol of the fish, or the one where the fish has legs.
These people are advertising for sin. They have bumper stickers on their cars where everyone can see them. They are the mockers of God and “get away” with it because He allows people to make choices. They can make those choices all they want, but they will face God someday. Then He will make His choices.
People seem to shy away from letting other people know they are Christians. We have a perfect way to advertise just like the mockers do. It says in the Bible, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15). In today’s culture, Jesus could be saying, “Put a bumper sticker on your car and drive into the world and show them the good news.”
Everyone has to wait at red lights, and people’s eyes naturally go to any bumper sticker on a car to see what it says. A believer could do more witnessing in one day then he could ever dream of doing in a lifetime.
We might even feel obligated to do this. The enemy does it. He gets people to think they need to let people know how cool they are by “advertising” ungodly things. We could let them know how cool we are because we are the ones on the fast track to heaven.
Wouldn’t it be something if the Rapture occurred just as people were reading a bumper sticker that says, “Warning, driver may disappear because of the Rapture”? The look of fear on their faces would be worth a thousand pictures. Talk about shock and awe!
I have many “witnessing” bumper sticker sayings in my data files. What if we all had at least one of them on our cars? Do you think it would make any difference? Does a fish swim? (The Christian fish, of course.)
[Jesus said], “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see
your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
I am not advocating a mass purchase of bumper sticks, but suggest that you pay more attention to them. They all have meaning—either bad or good. If you think you would like to witness a very easy way, look up bumper stickers on the internet. You’ll find thousands of them. Be sure to choose ones that witness for God, and you will be a walking (driving) witness for God.
Something to Ponder
Isn’t it funny how you can send a thousand “jokes” through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing?
You are not alone.
You are not forsaken.
You are not unloved.
And above all… never, ever, give up!