Am I a bumper sticker Christian?

Too often I’m afraid I am, and it’s not winsome–but it sure is easy because if I use them I’m probably not wrong!  Of course “Jesus is the Answer” but to what?  And is it really that easy?  It’s easy to say.

My sister posted a link to an article on her FB page strongly suggesting every Christian should read it–3 Phrases Christians Should Quit Relying On.  Never heard of the blogger, and apparently it’s not a new post, but I’m now following him on Twitter.  In one Tweet he mentions seeing a bumper sticker on a car, “I’m Pro-life.”  He says, “Prove it by not texting while driving” (as if talking to the driver of the car who was obviously texting).  Ouch.

I don’t want to get off-track with this post–I’m not talking about hypocrisy. I am quite sure if you look closely at my life you’ll find the inconsistencies.  I am talking how I express what are probably very well-meaning things that get lost in the moment because I don’t know what to say, or I use catch phrases at the wrong time to express accurate theology but it has a negative impact.

Not sure why I decided to reflect on this today, Sunday morning, and it’s far too complex to solve in a blog post, but it hits home with me–apparently does for followers of this blogger, too–he refers to this post as having one viral.  Too often I am a hostage to the Church culture I grew up in.  I was ‘socialized’ in ways of saying things that have, in some circles, lost their meaning–even in the subculture I grew up in.

The clichés just don’t work for me anymore.

About Bob Creson

President/CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, Orlando, Florida. It is an injustice not to have the right to read the Scriptures.
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