I passed a church sign in my home town the other day that said:

CAN WE NOT SEE OUR NEED FOR JESUS?

So, there is nothing inherently wrong with this sign. As Christians we affirm that we do need Jesus. However, asking the question in such a public forum as a church sign shows that as a church we are asking the wrong questions of society.

Asking “Can we not see our need for Jesus?” to a society that rejects faith would be met with a resounding “NO!” We can not see our need for Jesus. That’s obvious in that people do reject Jesus… actively everyday. I guess there is a possibility that the question was rhetorical and that they were trying to make a subtle point in their sign’s message. However, church signs have never been much of a forum for subtly. I’m going to assume the worst.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that we should not assume that the society we are trying to reach sees the world through the same eyes that we do. They have different ideas, different values, and they see the world in a lot different way. They don’t look at their messed up lives and think “we need Jesus” like we do. In fact, that is what differentiates us from the rest of the world. When we see our brokenness we see Jesus as the cure. The rest of the world has all sorts of different cures: more money, health, family stability.

So yeah… Christians don’t think the same as the rest of the world. We don’t speak the same language. We don’t even understand the same concepts. Let’s stop assuming that what we say means anything to anyone else… at least with our church signs.

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