ARE VANITY LICENSE PLATES REALLY A WITNESS?

There’s a discussion currently going on in the state of North Carolina about whether the powers that be should issue vanity license plates with a Christian message. Here in the Bible belt it seems that people are more open to wearing their faith on their sleeve, or ahem, in this case on the rear of their car.

My understanding is that they were going to allow it, the rationale being that it generated more money for the state. But then someone got wind of it and started yelling “BUT THAT’S A VIOLATION OF CHURCH AND STATE!”

Frankly, I could care less whether they issue them or not. I truly don’t believe that people come to Christ from seeing signs like “Jesus Saves” or “I’m going to heaven, how about you?” or stickers with a fish outline on them. And, if you’re going to slap a bumper sticker on your car or a plate on your backside, and then drive like a maniac or putt along at 35 in a 55 mph zone, thereby ticking people off, you’d better think twice about the image you’re projecting. People are watching you all the time. They will watch you even more closely if you have a message posted on your car.

If you are going to label yourself, your walk, er, or in this case, your drive, should match your sqawk. I would be interested to hear what others think on this subject.

Teena Stewart, Editor DreamBuilders Ministry in Motion Blog

Author, Successful Small Groups from Concept to Practice

http://www.ministryinmotion.net/teena_stewart.html

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