Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Different Strokes

Last week I passed a church with a prominent sign out front that said “Fully Rely On God” with the acronym FROG.  Does that mean to trust that God will provide employment, put food on your table, assure that you pass your exams?  I can’t imagine fully relying on anyone, including God almighty, to deal with all the challenges life throws at me.
Then tonight I pulled up behind the above car at a stop light.  I always have to laugh at anything that starts with REAL men, wondering how they are distinguished from other men and from women.  Does this mean the driver is looking to Jesus to substantiate his masculinity?  
As far as Jesus being the ANSWER, that seems entirely too simplistic.  In fact, what is the question?
I have a personal relationship with my God.  We talk frequently.  But I in no way am relying on God.  And although I acknowledge that Jesus was a great teacher, he is definitely not the answer to any question I might pose.
I always wonder about people who have to advertise their religious beliefs on the back of their car.


Blogger e said...

If people are relying on Jesus or God for anything other than spiritual sustenance, they may be very disappointed...

Lovely and bright futon cover and I liked the tour of the furniture factory. I hope you enjoy the chairs...

I'm sorry that young man's mother is dying, that will be a huge change in his life. Your congregation sounds very supportive...

Sorry I've not been blogging more regularly. Work is over so I intend to catch up between other projects.

12:08 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

E -- Good to hear from you again. And yes, I agree that there is a lot to be said for self-reliance!

8:28 AM  
Blogger e said...

B, left a comment for you on my blog. My rabbi actually encourages people not to put religious bumper stickers on their cars...I say hooray for him for sticking up for the separation between church and state.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

I don't believe I have ever been convinced of anything by reading a bumper sticker. The ones that say, "wag more, bark less" do make me smile, however.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I think bumper stickers can convey a lot of things, but I'm not sure religion is one of them.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

I take my mother's advice and let Jesus live in my heart and therefore not on the bumper of my car. These folks are probably the most unchristian - I have found that those who spew righteous can be the most unpleasant, selfish and annoying people around.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Oh, as far as bumper stickers in general my favorite is

Dyslexics Untie!

(as a reading specialist with vast knowledge of dyslexia I realize that it presents a false perception as dyslexia being about the reversal of letters but it still makes me laugh - I am a child.)

12:20 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I always wonder about the driving abilities of people who put their religion on their bumper. It's saying a lot.

There's something to be said for having faith. I'm not sure that I'd ever put mine on my bumper but I've never put anything on my bumper. I've got no tattoos either.

10:02 PM  

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