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It’s time for one of my many soap boxes…

I don’t like Bible verse signs at sporting events. I have nothing against the people, especially a guy named Rollen Stewart who started the “John 3:16” craze back at the 1977 NBA Finals. He’s had some trouble himself lately (currently serving 3 consecutive life sentences) but it was after his conversion to Christianity before 1977 that he became obsessed with getting the message out on TV. Anyway, I too often see verses that are pulled out of context, the wrong verses, ones that don’t actually exist or some moron with a beer hat on, already downed 6 beers holding one of the signs up. It reminds me of the speck and plank thing…

Last night at the NCAA Tournament Championship, a Duke fan was holding a sign that said something about being Goliath. A friend of mine said “Hey Duke fan with the Goliath sigh, clearly you haven’t read the Bible story, but you won’t like the ending.” As it turns out, they won but way to often, the verses used are either wrong or taken way out of context. If I were forced to hold up a Bible verse sign at a game, I would use one of these verses;

Proverbs 21:19 (New Living Translation)

It is better to live alone in the desert than with a crabby, complaining wife.

Deuteronomy 23:1 ESV

No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord.

Judges 3:21-22 (NLT)

Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled out the dagger strapped to his right thigh, and plunged it into the king’s belly. 22 The dagger went so deep that the handle disappeared beneath the king’s fat. So Ehud did not pull out the dagger, and the king’s bowels emptied.

2 Kings 2:23-24 (NLT)

Elisha left Jericho and went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, a group of boys from the town began mocking and making fun of him. “Go away, baldy!” they chanted. “Go away, baldy!” 24 Elisha turned around and looked at them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of them.

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  1. April 6, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    What about Paul, though? In his letter to the Phillipians, he addressed the fact that some were preaching about Christ through false or impure motives. He responded by saying ” The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice” (Phillipians 1). You are right when you point out the errancy in quoted scriptures or references, but I have to wonder this: how many people have been encouraged to actually look up that Scripture reference or to pursue to same life/God they have seen modeled publicly? Sure, these examples have certainly caused people to question the motives of Christianity, but in the same manner, they have certainly drawn others to the throne of God, and for this, I rejoice.

    • April 6, 2010 at 7:53 PM

      True. I think we all know of the John 3:16 guy. I’m sure he was doing it with a pure heart and intending to bring glory to God and not to himself. It’s just not my thing personally. I’m sure there’s value to them. I just got a kick out of last night’s Goliath sign. I wasn’t intending to say that those who do have the signs are wasting their time.

      Thanks, Lindsay.

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