Saturday, February 20, 2010

20 FEB 10: Because He Said So

(BLOGGER'S NOTE: You may find the following item humorous, serious, or a little of both - but we offer these thoughts from time to time, as we keep a seventh-day Sabbath.)

Look around Columbus long enough, and you'll discover all sorts of curious things. The Ledger-Enquirer found someone playing an accordion outside last week, during SnowJam 2010. You'd think the woman would have made more money offering to shovel sidewalks....

Then there's this unusual sight, on the front door of a Columbus business. The picture next to a "no public restrooms" sign presumably is Jesus. There are many ways for passers-by to take this. For instance: if you sit on the stool without permission, will the light bulb "flare up" and scorch you?

The picture of Jesus was put on the door of a South Lumpkin Road coin laundry several months ago, in conjunction with a revival meeting of some kind. But when the campaign ended, the picture remained. Perhaps it's there to scare burglars away, or at least to make them think twice. Yet I'm not sure Bibles in back seats have reduced the number of auto thefts.

Several thoughts come to mind when I see this on the door. First of all, I don't consider the picture of Jesus realistic. The Bible quotes the apostle Paul as saying if a man has long hair, "it is a disgrace to him...." In 2010, long hair earns Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers a shampoo endorsement contract.

For another thing: would Jesus really deprive a needy person of using a coin laundry's restroom? After all, Matthew 11 in the Bible quotes Jesus as saying, "Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I WILL give you rest."

But let's say the point of the picture really is to scare off burglars. Are YOU scared of Jesus? After all, Revelation 19 says He's coming back to Earth someday with the ability "to strike down the nations." Despite what the President of Iran says, I personally think Jesus is far more likely to do that.

Revelation indicates the second coming of Christ will be a bloody and deadly time. But those who have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord will survive, and reign with Him for 1,000 years. Here's hoping you take that step of acceptance, if you haven't already. Don't make Jesus a scary picture on a door - make him your rest and comfort for a wonderful future.

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