We’ve all seen them and cringed. They’re instant turn-offs. And yet they’re all too common. The world would be a better place without lame church signs.
There seems to be a pattern with them, as they typically fall under one of these three categories:
1) Guilt Trips
Here are some prime examples.
Okay, this one actually made me laugh:
Do you really think people are going to read the guilt trips and somehow be softened to the idea of church? ”Oh, thanks God! I definitely only go to church on Christmas and Easter. I promise I’ll be there every Sunday now!”
Are people slapping their knees so hard in laughter after a cheesy sign that it makes them want to come on Sunday morning? ”Oh honey, that was hilarious!!! Let’s try out church on Sunday, what do ya say?!”
And worst of all, are people compelled by God when they read a fear-driven sign about hell? ”Wow, this hell place sounds scary. Count me in for church this Sunday!”
Lame church signs not only turn people away from church, but they also drastically distort God’s loving character and the biblical model of what the church should be. They make church appear like a cheesy, unloving, controlling, manipulative, and insincere place. They push people away rather than draw people in.
Don’t get your idea of who God is or who the church is based on a lame church sign. The story of the Bible creatively reveals God’s redemption and His drawing of people to Himself. He did this genuinely, lovingly, freely, purely, and sincerely. The church is certainly far from perfect, but it’s unfortunate that signs get skewed like this. Therefore, don’t be deceived, don’t get resentful, and certainly don’t let a lame church slogan scare you like a sign at a haunted house.