Here's Your Sign!

Here’s Your Sign!

This phrase refers to a routine line used by Comedian Bill Engvall, which begins with his stating that not so bright people should have to wear warning signs that simply state "I'm stupid." He'll then go on to tell several anecdotes in which someone asks a silly question, and the question is then answered sarcastically, followed by the statement: "Here's your sign!" For example, a trucker gets his truck stuck under an overpass, and the responding policeman asks "Hey, you get your truck stuck?" The trucker answers, "No sir, I was delivering that overpass and I ran out of gas. Here's your sign."

I’m not the biggest fan of church signs because the majority of them have bad theology. And most of the time the sign is telling of the teaching that goes on inside the church building. I recently drove by a sign that read: “Give Jesus A Try.” Give Jesus A Try? Like Jesus is a shirt! Try it on and see if it fits right and if it is comfortable. If not you can just try something else.

Is it too much to ask that the stuff that appears on Christian church signs -- regardless of the denomination – would actually resemble a basic tenet of the Christian faith?

At the very least, you'd like to think that the clever phrases --regardless of the denomination -- would actually make sense. At the core of this “Church Sign Theology” is a desire to be accepted and pleasing to the world.

I think the Bible says something about this in Galatians 1:6-10: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Please understand; I’m not against fun and humor in the church. But, I am against this pursuit to attract people with wit and comedy while ignoring sound biblical teaching.

So, please make sure you don't just blindly trust whatever it is you're reading on church signs in your community and neighborhood. Trust, but always test that it's consistent with God's Word (1 Thessalonians 5:21).