Bible Belt.

April 4, 2007 at 1:20 pm 1 comment

Yesterday, Linda told she had been in downtown Sayre and saw something she knew we would never see in the Northwest.

Right downtown, there is one of those electronic reader boards sponsored by the Sayre Chamber of Commerce and paid for by a local bank.  You have seen them before on businesses even on school buildings.  They scroll announcements and advertising and show the temperature and time and other kinds of information.

As she watched it and later we went and looked at it together it scrolled in this order: time, temperature, Vote Today for school board and city council, God loved the world so much that He gave His Son, pick up food for Easter baskets at Nazarene Church.

Follow this with me, we are looking at this sign that belongs to the community Chamber of Commerce, was donated by a local bank, is located on a main street of the city and is scrolling Scripture along with local election announcements!  If you live in the Northwest, you know that isn’t going to happen.  But here in the Bible Belt, apparently it still does.

Later as I thought about it I wondered a couple of things.  First, I wondered if anyone saw the Scripture and if they did, were they blessed, angered or convicted?  Second, I wondered if putting Scripture in a place like that was just a cop-out for not building relationships with people so as to share the truth personally.

You have seen the same kinds of signs at sporting events and nailed to trees you pass by on the highway.  Do you think anyone sees the signs and it brings them to faith?  Does putting a Scripture reference on a sign and holding it up at the Super Bowl make people go find a Bible during the game, look it up and find faith?

While I am unwilling to speak against that kind of evangelism or to say it doesn’t work, what I think God told me when I saw that sign in downtown Sayre was, “Greg you are responsible to personally speak my Word into lives in a relational way.”  “Don’t allow what you do on the Internet to substitute for personal, relational caring for the Spiritual needs of flesh and blood.”

You know people who need to hear the Father loved them so much that He sent His Son.  Which do you think will encourage them to accept the Father’s love, most?  You personally telling them or a reader board scrolling the words?

There may be no Bible Belt in the Northwest but the Northwest has you and me.  Perhaps the knowledge that here in the NW we can’t use Chamber of Commerce signs to move the Kingdom forward will encourage us to be relationally bold with our Faith.

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Entry filed under: Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Friendship, Jesus, Northwest, Thoughts.

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  • 1. Kerrie Grace  |  April 4, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Greg & Linda,

    How wonderful to see you using your gift for the Kingdom.

    You know I was praying about this the other day, and I have been studying Luke. One of the things I love about Jesus is that he loved food, he was always ready to go to a banquet. Always seemed to be invited for dinner etc. Wasn’t always with the people I would of expected but he definately was a food guy. Also, I was taken back where he would lay his hands on those who were broken or riddled with disease. Like the guy with leprosy etc. Why did he do this??? I think that it was because he loved them. Bottomline. He didn’t have to touch them. I mean He could just say the word and they would of been healed. What a wonderful thought.

    So inline with your message about the sign. Yes, I do believe that God wants us to be available to step outside our comfort zones and bring Jesus to those who need it. In a world that is broken and their are more hurting people out there than there are people who have it all together. It is all about Jesus. Amen….

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