Sunday, June 29, 2008


There's a church near our house that has a handpainted sign by the side of the highway that says in big letters THE WAGES OF SIN ARE DEATH and underneath, in much smaller letters it says But Christ died to save sinners.

They've got it backwards.

I mean, sure, the wages of sin are death. But that's not important. The important part is the love of God which led Christ to die to save sinners. That's what we should be proclaiming--the Love of God, not the fallen-ness of man.

We cannot find salvation, we cannot achieve perfection by fear of hell. We can only find it through love of God and by His grace.


Valerie said...

Hmm, interesting. I'd have to say that in our culture, it may be a good idea to stress the sin and death part sometimes. Many people don't know WHY they would need God in their lives, the difference between right and wrong is so blurred. If they don't think they are in danger of eternity in hell, why would they think they need saving?

MaureenE said...'s what I think. Feel free to disagree. The biggest problem, IMO is the very fact that it is intended as a missionary tool. The verse they quoted just as Paul wrote it. But think about it. You're someone who is hurt, who is struggling, who maybe possibly is thinking about entering Christianity but thinks you'll get judged up one side and down the next and you see a sign like that...what is your response going to be? Are you really going to go, "Oh yes! I am going to that church next Sunday!" I don't see it happening. Now, I'm not trying to imply that you or anyone else is hiding in a hole and not seeing the world as it is, but I go to school with people who do not see Christianity as a good thing and who need to feel the love and grace of God BEFORE they understand that they themselves are sinners.