Sunday, December 04, 2005

Jesus Fish Symbols

Many modern Christians have taken to using the 'Jesus Fish' car emblem to identify themselves as Christians to their fellow motorists. There are some who debate that the fish symbol pre-dates Christ and may have it's roots in paganism. Whatever the case, most modern Christians relate to the fact that early century believers in Christ utilized this symbol to identify themselves to other believers during a time of intense Christian persecution during the Roman Empire.

What is our responsibilities as motorists if we choose to use this very public representation of allegiance to Christ? One of the most obvious is to drive with more respect and care than the average motorist. When people see your 'Jesus Fish' adorned car, do they see at times running of red lights, speeding, examples of road rage etc.? If you can answer yes to any of these, what must others think of Christians or Jesus as a result? Probably that they are no different than anyone else. That they have no respect for the rules of the road "just like we do"! The worst part is it can bring Christ into disrepute.

It is obvious that we have a responsibility to let others see the attributes of Christ as a standard part of our Christian walk. As part of this fallen human race we fail many times like others. But in this area (given that it is so public) let's try and be mindful of the effects of our actions, on the view others may have of Jesus.

4 comments:

Lisa said...

ENOUGH SAID RIGHT HERE!!:

"What is our responsibilities as motorists if we choose to use this very public representation of allegiance to Christ? One of the most obvious is to drive with more respect and care than the average motorist. When people see your 'Jesus Fish' adorned car, do they see at times running of red lights, speeding, examples of road rage etc.? If you can answer yes to any of these, what must others think of Christians or Jesus as a result? Probably that they are no different than anyone else. That they have no respect for the rules of the road "just like we do"! The worst part is it can bring Christ into disrepute."

Lisa Shaw said...

I would also ask how does this apply in ones home? Just as people are carting around the symbol on their vehicles without living the lifestyle on the roads, that too applies in the home. Lack of compassion, coldness, judgmental tendencies, anger outbursts, rudeness and the unwillingness (not inability) to treat one another with care reflects poorly against our representation of CHRIST and so it stands to reason that it happens on the road with a symbol on the back of the bumper sticker for CHRIST! What can be done differently at home to bring about change in the vehicles as well? IT'S A HEART CHANGE!

Anonymous said...

Here is a humorious story posted by my friend...that has a very sharp point...as your post makes;

Road Rage------

Anonymous said...

Greetings Lisa;

Your comment hits the nail on the head;

What can be done differently at home to bring about change in the vehicles as well? IT'S A HEART CHANGE!

The Christian life begins in the heart. If the heart is right...then the outward life is right. The stuggle of the heart is the struggle of mastery...either by the flesh of by the Spirit (see Galatians 5:16-26). Some of this failure to live by the Spirit is because we do not know who we are in Christ Jesus and how we are identified with Himto new life. It is when we know who are are in Christ...that from the heart we will live up to our image in Christ...at home, at work, on the road, whereever we are.

A God who sends people to Hell?