DayBreaks for 07/17/19: On Bumper Stickers and Belief
From the DayBreaks archives, July 2009:
Bumper stickers have always held a certain fascination for me. Whenever the car in front of me has a bumper sticker plastered on it, I try to get close enough to read it. Most bumper stickers are relatively innocuous, some are outright offensive, and a few speak truth and a few others are humorous. For many, it seems that bumper stickers contain the sum of all wisdom.
There is one bumper sticker, though, that I’m sure you’ve probably seen, and it goes like this: “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.” I know that the intent of this bumper sticker is to be a Christian witness and a statement that accepts the authority of God to speak and proclaim truth. So, those are the good things about this particular bumper sticker and I am sure the intent of those who have this sticker on their car are good and heart-felt. I applaud them for their desire to witness.
I have a problem, however, with that bumper sticker. The form it takes is that of A+B=C (God said it + I believe it = that settles the issue). Here’s my beef about it: I would much rather that the bumper sticker simply says, “God said it, that settles it.” Here’s my point: whether I believe what God says or not has nothing to do with whether what God said is the final word on the issue. My belief does not make something so. What makes something so is simply whether or not God has said it is true, that it is so. And THAT settles the issue.
There are great debates that rage in Christian circles today about many issues that some term “cultural” rather than religious or theological. There are many movements in the church as a whole today that tend to minimize or discard certain things that God has weighed in on. In many cases, they do so because they say that the number of times that God said something are few and far between – as if that is sufficient evidence that God doesn’t care much about the topic or he would have said more about it.
It all boils down to an issue of authority. Not many Christians would argue that God doesn’t have authority – that would be a foolhardy argument to press in any circumstance. But there are those who don’t accept the authority of Scripture…that if it says anything at all, it means what says, whether it’s mentioned once to ten thousand times. If we are accepting of God’s authority, whether we believe what He says is right or not, if God said it, that settles it. Period, over and out.
PRAYER: Let us bow our knees before you willingly, Lord, in full recognition of Your total and complete authority in all things! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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