8.19.2010

"...and if you don't like it, leave!"

That's the message that people receive when they stop and pump gas in a station in South Carolina. Click here to read the actual news story.

The people who get gas there love it. They didn't have any interviews from people that were opposed to it, probably because they stopped going there.

I know the truth will offend, and I've experienced that many times. My problem with this is that we are also instructed, biblically speaking, to speak the truth in love. I don't see love in this statement. I see a proud, dogmatic spirit.

We need to be very cautious when we use God's name. It's one of the commandments. Ignorance of God's Word and God's character can quickly take us into foolish talk and behavior.

Obviously, the owner of the station has the right to put that message up, but is God pleased?

What do you think?

1 comment:

Matt W. said...

Wow, I could probably write for an hour on this, but I'll try to keep it short. To answer your question, "is God pleased?" I would have to say, no, I really don't think so. This kind of thing is intentionally inflammatory, like he's looking for a fight. While I certainly think that God wants us to stand strong for His truths, I see no evidence that He wants us to go pick fights "in His name."

Anyway, the other problem I see is that this kind of statement (which I have seen before) is not very well considered. It sounds good to a certain mindset, but it doesn't go very deep. Is he trying to say that belief in God should be a requirement for Citizenship? If so, which God/god, or what ideas about God are OK? Should a 10th generation American citizen be kicked out if they decide they are an Atheist? Should anyone be welcome here if they believe in God (whatever that means to them)? Think about all the implications of something like that!

You are correct, I do also believe that he has every right to do something like that, but let's be honest, it's a foolish thing to do, and not a good idea at all.