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What Are You Like, God? (4 of 5)
Series: Got Questions?
For the past couple of weeks, we've been dealing with questions that those in our church - as well as those from about 3 neighboring congregations - have submitted that they would like to ask of God. The question we're dealing with this morning is: God, what are you like?
OPEN: A couple of years back, an advertising firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida launched a billboard campaign, sponsored by an anonymous client. The campaign depicted several different "messages from God" and all were signed "God."
1. Let's Meet at My House Sunday Before the Game.
2. C'mon Over and Bring the Kids
3. Need a Marriage Counselor? I'm Available.
4. We Need To Talk
5. Loved the Wedding, Invite Me to the Marriage
6. That "Love Thy Neighbor Thing." I Meant It
7. I Love You… I Love You… I Love You.
8. Will The Road You're On Get You To My Place
9. Follow Me
10. Tell The Kids I Love Them
11. Need Directions?
12. Big Bang Theory? You've Got To Be Kidding!
APPLY: I personally thought these were pretty clever. But sometime after these billboards had made national news, I found myself listening to a radio preacher out of Indianapolis who had problems with these billboards - particularly the ones that sounded ominous and judgmental like the following:
13. My Way Is The Highway
14. Some Things Are Written In Stone
15. You Think It's Hot Here?
16. Keep Using My Name In Vain and I'll Make Rush Hour Longer
17. What Part of "Thou Shalt Not…" Didn't You Understand?
18. Have You Read My #1 Best Seller? There Will Be a Test
What troubled this "preacher" was that these particular billboards spoke of a God who stood in judgment. He much preferred a God who was always loving and tender… in fact, he seemed to be offended by the notion that God would judge anyone.
ILLUS: This wasn't the first time I'd encountered this attitude. Years ago (when I'd just graduated from Bible college) I bega ...
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