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Don’t forget to take God on vacation!


Church sign

I am not making this up.  On my way to lunch in Danville today, I passed a church sign with the message:  Don’t forget to take God on vacation!

Which brings to mind a host of questions –

  1. Does God need a vacation?  Granted, God did take Saturday off after creating the entire universe, plus other stuff we can’t see.  But, has He really been that busy lately? 
  2. How do you get God to go on vacation with you?  Do you just ask Him — “Wanna go see Grandma and Grandpa with us?”  And, does He ride shotgun, or in the back with the kids?
  3. Why is it my job to take God on vacation?  Doesn’t He have some friends He can hang out with?
  4. Who’s in charge while God is away?  I’m sure we have plenty of volunteers for Lord of the Universe; but, if God goes on vacation who’s minding the store?
  5. Is there an emergency contact number where God can be reached?  Or do we try Gabriel or somebody?  What if nuclear war breaks out, does God come back early? 

Okay, enough of this silliness, but you get my point.  If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you know that bad church signs are a pet peeve of mine.  If you’re trying to communicate, be clear and say something worthwhile.  I know these folks mean well, but please — say something encouraging, uplifting, inspiring, or challenging. 

For some church sign fun of your own, go to www.churchsigngenerator.com

Categories: Community, Sermon Illustrations

4 replies

  1. why is this not a good sign?

    • I thought it trivialized God. We don’t take God anywhere. God is and to imply that God can be left behind, or packed in with the luggage trivializes both God and our relationship with God. I’m sure the intent was something like “Don’t forget God’s place in your life even while you’re away from home having fun” but it was poorly worded. Call me picky! Thanks for commenting…

    • Got it and will now change my blog post title :-)

    • Its not a bad title if you explain what you mean in your post. That sign didn’t have the space to do that! Chuck

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