Beyond A Bumper Sticker Faith

I’ve been working on a new sermon series this week called Beyond a Bumper Sticker Faith. The series will take place this Fall or sometime in the winter. What I want to do is take a look at some of the sayings that Christians put on the back of their cars or wear on their T-shirts and discuss whether or not that is an accurate portrayal of Christianity. In most cases, our pithy bumper stickers and t-shirts give an inaccurate view of our faith. They are more like half-truths while some are near heresies.

I don’t know if this will be a 4, 5, or 6 week series. I’m still working on the details. But here are some examples that I would like to tackle for the series.

  1. God is My Co-Pilot: I really can’t stand this bumper sticker. Let’s face it, God asks for our total surrender. Galatians 2:20 calls us to be crucified so Christ can live through us. God was our whole lives. We are not Co-pilots with God. God should be in the pilot’s/captain chair all by Godself.
  2. Christians Are Perfect- Just Forgiven: Certainly there is some sense of truth in this bumper sticker. We are forgiven. Yet many times we fall into what Bonhoffer called “cheap grace” where we are forgiven but nothing really changes. The world sees us claiming to be Christian, yet living worldly because there has been no significant change in our life. God desire is for us to pursue holiness as God is holy. This does not mean we are perfect. It means that we are striving each day to be more Christlike in our words, actions, and deeds.

Those are some examples of where the series is going.

I need your help: What are some of your favorite (or least favorite, depending on how you look at it.) Christian slogans, bumper stickers, or T-shirts? Talk it out in the comment section.

About Steve LaMotte

Husband and father of three amazing children. Campus Minister of Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. Pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Dover, Delaware. Elder in the Pen-Del Conference. Fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. Lover of music that makes hipsters cringe.
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3 Responses to Beyond A Bumper Sticker Faith

  1. Matt Ralph says:

    I thought the bumper sticker was “If God Is Your Co-Pilot Switch Seats.”

    Wasn't God Is My Co-Pilot a band that was popular in the '90s?

  2. I've seen the bumper sticker both ways…yours example is probably a response to mine. Not sure about the band though!

  3. GE says:

    No Jesus, No Peace.
    Know Jesus, Know Peace.

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