Photo and Commentary ©2019 by Maylan Schurch
Sabbath, May 25, 2019
This Thursday in a parking lot I spotted this car with a large placard in its rear window. The more I look at it, the more effective its message seems. (You’ll notice, of course, that part of it is confusing, and part of it frankly non-Biblical. For example, “When Jesus took my life in heaven” makes the Son of God seem faintly murderous, but I’m sure the writer didn’t mean that. And the bit about living with the devil in hell is not the way it’s going to happen.)
However, notice what the placard-writer does. (For ease of reading, let’s assume it’s a he.) Do you see what he’s done? As far as I can tell, this is true “witnessing.” Why do I say that?
Here’s why. A less sensitive placard-writer might have bumped up the font-size and started issuing curt commands: “Repent! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!” Both of these commands are indeed lifted directly from authentic Bible verses, but neither one is suitable for someone who doesn’t know the theological meaning of “repent,” nor the full depth of who Jesus Christ is.
But the placard-writer whose work we see in the photo took a different approach. Instead of challenging us with “Ask Jesus to come to live in your heart,” he behaved like a true courtroom witness, describing what happened to him, or what he had observed: “I asked Jesus Christ to come live in my heart.”
And it would have been so easy, as the placard print came to an end, to flip the switch to “Command” mode: “Do YOU want to go to hell with the devil?” Instead, he remained in “witness” mode, describing his own personal decisions.
For five Bible verses about witnessing, click the link just below: