I was driving through the neighborhood yesterday and had what I considered an interesting thought. What if what people put on their bumper, or lawn, or FaceBook banner, or hung from a pole at their house, was a statement of the highest order of enthusiasm a person possessed? What would it say about us and the things that give us the most joy in life?
I thought of my own bumper.
I have a Philadelphia Eagles bumper sticker on the back of my car.
It’s an enthusiasm I proclaim to all the world.
Here are some of the enthusiasms I see all the time in our neck of the woods.
- Cubs Flags
- White Sox Flags
- Cardinals Flags
- Proud Union Home Signs
- Watseka Warriors Signs and Banners
- Chicago Bears Flags
- Chicago Black Hawks Flags
- and don’t forget the Chicago Bulls Logo
- There also a smattering of Packers homes and Indianapolis homes and we know that because of the Green and Blue flags flying from poles and entryways to their homes during football season.
- American flags are also easy to find, not just on holidays but all year long.
There are others but those are the predominate enthusiasms proclaimed on houses and cars in this part of north-east-central Illinois. On a bike ride the other day I saw a mailbox shaped like a fish. Do you think the homeowner is a fan of fishing? Another mailbox was festooned with a tractor. Do you think the homeowner might be a farmer?
We fly these banners without fear. We know that Cubs fans will sneer at White Sox flags and we don’t care. We know that fishing fans will smile and others will simply ignore our mailbox professions.
We don’t fear retaliation.
We don’t fear upsetting people.
We don’t care about standing out as different.
Those fears simply never come into play.
So why do we fear to just as boldly proclaim our enthusiasm for Christ?
Is it perhaps that we have a greater fear of man than we have of Christ? What does Jesus have to say about that? We don’t have to guess about that.
Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 10:31-33 (ESV)
In our day, “he who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:22)