Photo and Commentary ©2018 by Maylan Schurch
Sabbath, January 20, 2018

I’ve blotted out the license plate atop this wonderfully-festooned bumper, but I allowed the remaining communications to smite you with all their glory.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I am a champion hypocrite when it comes to auto bumper stickers (or even T-shirt messages). I do not have bumper stickers on my car, and don’t want them there, just as I don’t choose to be the bearer of a T-shirt message (unless it’s the annual VBS staff T-shirt, which I wear proudly). Yet when I’m walking through a parking lot, as I was this past Thursday, and spot a car plastered with passionate opinions, I always stop and study them.

I can count 17 such messages on this bumper, including the little “Fascism is Un-American” sticker just beside the license plate, and I find myself disagreeing with maybe a third of them. But I rejoice in being a citizen of a country where free expression is permitted, where everyone has the right to tell it like they believe it is.

Even a basic knowledge of the Bible makes it very clear that God gave us free choice and allows us to speak freely to Him. Even after Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3), God approached them not with condemnation but with questions, allowing them to speak for themselves.

However, as we’ve learned from certain misuses of social media and other parts of the internet, not every message deserves our complete agreement or even attention. We need discernment in order to winnow the good from the bad. To read a few Bible texts on discernment, click the link just below.