During a recent conversation at church one elderly gal suggested that they shouldn’t be allowed to put them up, but a few of us mentioned “free speech.” We’ve put billboards up for years telling people they need God; how can we prevent people from posting billboards with an opposing view?
I’m certainly not glad to see them but I’m also not all that alarmed. I’m no expert on billboards but I seriously doubt that they have much sway on people’s deeply held convictions either for or against God. But it does bring to mind a few questions.
Are these new billboards really going to draw people away from God or are they merely reflecting what most of our society already believes? How effective are the billboards that declare “Turn or burn!”? Perhaps most importantly, how can we respond to these billboards in a way that pleases God?
- Pray for those responsible! Instead of verbally railing against these lost souls we should be fighting for them on our knees.
- Use them as a conversation starter with non-Christian friends. It can be a way to find out where they are in regard to spiritual matters. Then pray for an opportunity to share the Gospel with them.
- Invite God to examine our heart and life to see if we are living in such a way that communicates – “You Do Need God!”
In Paul’s second letter to the believers at Corinth he wrote:
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. ~ 2 Cor 3:2-3
Paul was expressing that our very lives are a letter – a living billboard – that declares the glory and necessity of God when we live by the Spirit. Of course, the opposite is equally true. Our lives can reinforce the message of not needing God.
You and I have a greater potential to influence people either for or against God than any billboard ever designed!