Honk if you love liberty. These were the words written on a sign being twirled by a man in a green robe and crown, looking like the Statue of Liberty. I thought of honking, but I’m not a liberal honker. I wanted to make sure that in the event that I did honk, I would really be honking for the right reasons. The flashing neon light coming from this man’s crown was too distracting and I quickly became annoyed.
I saw others in that same spot, doing the same sign twirling on my commutes home. One night, as I was caught by the signal, my car stopped right next to the person dressed up as Ms. Liberty. This wasn’t for liberty. It was for Liberty Tax. I wondered how many people actually went in to get their taxes done with this kind of marketing. Honestly, it repelled me.
This scene reminded me of how some Christians stand on street corners with signs telling people they’re going to hell in one hand and a megaphone in another. I wonder if this gets peoples’ attentions—in the right way. Most people ignore the blaring words coming from the megaphone but whether we like it or not, an impression has been made.
My friend said something interesting the other day. She asked, ‘What if the only Christians people see are the ones who are on the street corners with crazy signs?’
I find it hard to be bold and courageous. Sometimes stepping out to pray for someone, giving money to a homeless person, or saying a word of encouragement to a stranger pushes me out of my comfort zone. But what if these people never come in contact with a Christian again? What if all they know about Christ followers are people who shout in angry tones on mics? Lasting impressions can be made in other ways that may not be as loud but are sincere—a meaningful conversation, a hug, a shared meal.