I was telling the Carolina Gals this weekend that I've had a rant inside this heart of mine, but this very public place might not be where I need to vent.
You see, I have a pet-peeve that can get my blood boiling in about 2 seconds: Pithy church signs.
Now, I don't mind if that church sign has the catchy title of the Pastors sermon or if there is a scripture verse that is short and sweet. I don't even mind short sayings that show the length and breadth and width of God's love for us, as long as that sign doesn't smack of self-righteous elitism that isn't at all God-breathed.
Why does this make me uncomfortable?
There was a time almost 20 years ago that I was wouldn't have entered the door of a church that had a self-righteous church sign out on the street.
That may sound harsh, but its true.
Down the road from our house there is a church that always seems to have caustic sayings on their church sign. The one that really burned me up was this recent saying: If the church were perfect, YOU couldn't belong.
Oh that Kellie, you may be saying, she's so sensitive.
The truth is, I am a Christian, and I believe words are important.
I'd feel better if that sign read: If the church were perfect:... none of us would be here.... or, we wouldn't need God or... we wouldn't need this sign.
Honestly, anything would have been better than this elitist statement.
God isn't an elitist.
God's love is for everyone.
I wasn't going to write this post. But yesterday, we loaded up in the mini-van and headed for a day trip to Alamance, NC to check out a couple of battle fields and to do some antique shopping.
We were driving on a country road when all of a sudden there was a beautiful church on a hill, surrounded by the fall colors of the changing trees, with a sign on the street that read:
I've lived this truth.
This is a sign that everyone can read and identify with. It's simple and its strong.
Its a truth that says: we know you are brokenhearted, we know you aren't perfect, we know you've done things that aren't good, we know you've been burned by people you love, we know your confusion, we know your hurt, we know your shame, we know you desire to be loved. We know, cuz we've been there...but most importantly God knows.
So come on in, and let Him tend to your torn up self.
That's a sign I can stand under.