Wednesday, March 18, 2015

More Bumper Stickers!


   A while back, I wrote a post about bumper stickers.  It was pretty fun to write. It looks like a lot of people liked reading it too.  As I drive, I make some effort to read the bumper stickers on the cars surrounding me.  Sometimes they make me smile.  For example, there was one that said, "I'd rather be driving..."  I had a hard time making out what else it said.  Then as I got closer, I noticed it was an advertisement for a local golf course.  He'd rather be driving at the such and such golf course.  It was a fun play on words.  There seemed to be an added element of humor to it because the traffic was heavy and slow as we waited for the traffic lights to change. 

     Many of the bumper stickers I see come from the small city of Ithaca.  There are a number of "Ithaca is..." bumper stickers that have a green background with white print.  I mentioned the "Ithaca is Gorges" sticker last time.  A long while back, there was one that said "Ithaca is Not George's."  This was referring to a former president here in the United States.  If I had to pick an "Ithaca is..." sticker it would be an "Ithaca is Zone 5."  Perhaps it would be primarily avid gardeners, like me, that would appreciate that sticker.    It was a creative local business man, who owns a plant nursery,  that came up with that one.

     "Birth Control Prevents Mini Vans" was on a car touting lots of bumper stickers.  This sticker promotes the fallacy that children are an unprofitable drain on resources and the environment.  In contrast,  there is no greater and valuable asset than children.  The idea that children are not worth sacrificing for is destroying the value system of many, and leaving us with a more solipsistic environment.  Yes, children take resources, but there are not enough resources available to equate to the value of one child.  You can exhaust the resources of every bank in the world and one child is of more value by far.  Worth less than some mini vans and the resources they take?  As someone I know likes to say: "Really?!"

  Here comes a sacred cow of the day: "COEXIST."  This bumper sticker is very creative.  The word "coexist" is a representation of many religions on this sticker.  Each letter is formed as symbols of different religions.  For example, the "c" is a star and crescent which represents Islam, while the "t" looks like a cross representing Christianity.  Its meaning is more than meets the eye.  It is not about just living in peace with other religions.  The idea conveyed is that one religion is as good as another.  This is a sacred cow of the day, but it simply is not true.  It makes nonsense of logic. Christianity is exclusive in nature because Christ made it clear that He is the only way to the Father.  To put other religions on the same level would violate the first two of the Ten Commandments which say in essence: "No Substitutes!"

     Following the same vein is a bumper sticker that said, "God bless the whole world, No exceptions."  God does make His sun to shine on the good and the evil, and sends rain to the just and the unjust, but He makes it pretty clear what nations will be blessed.  "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD" Psalm 33:12.

     Here is a bumper sticker that made me think: "When injustice becomes law, Duty requires rebellion."  That is deep.  There are a lot of injustices today, and people put up with them.  The saying seems to be attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but there is no new thing under the sun.  It was ideas like this that made it possible for America to be established.  There could be an idea that rebelling is fashionable.  This, I think, is the other side of the ditch from the apathy we see.  Because God is the highest authority, there are times that obedience to God makes some ordinances of man irrelevant. 

     "Jesus Saves!"  This bumper sticker is on the car of someone I know.  It's pretty short, but it means a lot more than it looks.  I remember riding in a car by a church building with a boy.  There was a sign near the building which said, "He is Risen!"  The boy said, "That's a funny sign.  It doesn't make any sense."  You see, he didn't know Who it was talking about.  Many people do not know who Jesus is or who He is saving.   Many people that say that they know who Jesus is, don't know what He came to save them from.  Oh, there is so much wrapped up in that little slogan: "Jesus Saves!

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