|by Gina Dalfonzo|
John Fischer has been having some fun -- and stirring up some controversy -- this week with his devotionals on Christian bumper stickers. The point of the exercise is not really to make fun of bumper stickers, though -- it's to puncture what one of John's commenters calls the "innocent arrogance" of Christians who haven't learned to try seeing things from the unbeliever's point of view.
For instance, John says:
Dolores, another of our readers writes: "My husband was a printer, and he loved the Lord, but he could always see things from the unsaved point of view. He found one bumper sticker particularly arrogant. Many cars in our area had one. It read: 'In case of rapture, this car will be unmanned.' So my husband printed up his own bumper sticker that read, "'In case of rapture, can I have your car?'"
Now that's identification! Her husband understood unbelievers so well that he created a bumper sticker just for them that didn't presume or pressure their salvation. I love that. You know, if all those rapture people are going to heaven, I just might want to stay back, too.
Of course, I'm one to talk; I can remember when we used to love the rapture thing, only our sticker was inside the car. It was a little sign we put on the dashboard: "In case of rapture, grab the wheel; the driver of this car is saved." How arrogant is that -- to assume the passenger in the car isn't! . . .
But this is where Dolores' story turns ugly. "He (her husband) had to print up two more (his version of the rapture sticker) because the first and second stickers were pulled off of our car, crumpled up and thrown on the ground while we were in church!"
The point is, as John goes on to say, "Not too many Christians want to identify with the left behind, but until we do, we won't have the compassion to bring anyone to Christ."