“Today is a perfect day to just be happy!” I saw this little bit of advice on a church sign this week. I began to sweep the cobwebs of my brain trying to find some biblical support for this statement from my memory. I couldn’t think of any passages where we are all told to “just be happy.” Oh I can find many verses where believers are told to rejoice in the lord and delight in him, but “He” wasn’t anywhere on the sign. Since that the majority of people who are reading the sign do not know Christ and find happiness elsewhere, few questions came to my mind How is this sign pointing people to Christ? What is the sign conveying to others?
Earlier this week I pondered a church sign that said “God fixes broken hearts but he has to have all the pieces.” Yes, God has promised to bind up the broken hearted but when were we told to keep up with all the pieces? What does that even mean? Could we be hiding a piece of the puzzle from God? Are we somehow incomplete until God has all of us, maybe? If so, How did God get the first few pieces of our broken heart? And the bigger question how are we keeping some of it from him?
A good church sign ought to make those that read it ask some questions! But, we should be able to find the answers in the Bible. Therein lies the problem of many of the messages conveyed to the world by churches today, there is no biblical support for what they are saying. These days you can’t distinguish the message on a church sign from the one in a fortune cookie.
You say, “Oh bro Harold, it’s just an encouraging message, lighten up.” Well, I would lighten up if I didn’t see so many professing Christians comfortable in their sins. So many church members who can’t even articulate a biblical gospel. If they are giving a lost and depraved world wisdom from fortune cookies, is it any wonder no one takes the church serious anymore? It’s a problem and it has led to a whole generation who’s ideas about Christianity have been shaped by one liners from signs and social media without one shred of Scriptural support. What’s even sadder is the people in those churches are so biblically illiterate that they don’t see anything wrong with it. Add to that their claim that we are just mean, judgmental, and unchristian for even pointing this out. I glad Jesus never called anyone wrong, corrected false teachers or warned others of their errors. (that was sarcasm)
If this is what churches put on the street, what do they say from within? As I eluded to last week, churches are preaching happiness at the expense of holiness and their church signs reflect it. There are scores of passages that promise joy, peace, rest, etc, etc but they only apply to the believer. Our message to those passing by should encourage faith and repentance, not health and happiness.