Summary: Life is a lot like “bumper cars.” Do you want to bump those who bump you? That may be a fun strategy for bumper cars, but it’s a terrible strategy for life. Jesus shows us a better way!
DON’T BE A BUMPER CAR CHRISTIAN
A. HUMOR: CHURCH BULLETIN
1. An English teacher was at church reading a poster on the wall (not our church) which ended with “Donations Excepted.” 2. She couldn’t resist and marked through the word “Excepted” and put “Accepted.”
3. After the service, she walked back by the poster and noticed someone had marked through her word “Accepted.”
4. Curiosity drove her to see what the correction had been. It now read, “Donations Expected!”
B. BUMPER CAR CHRISTIANS?
1. How many of you have good memories of bumper cars? Sore necks or backs?
Only the first two minutes.
3. Life is a lot like “bumper cars” at an amusement park. You get in your car, knowing that you will get hit . . . you just don’t know how hard.
4. And when you get hit, you step on the gas pedal, chase the one who has hit you, and hope to bump that person harder than they have bumped you.
5. That may be a fun strategy for bumper cars, but it’s a terrible strategy for life. When you get bumped in life, bumping back only escalates matters and in the end everyone suffers damage.
6. Jesus had a better strategy: Forgive those who have “bumped” us. Like Peter, we may wonder how many times we have to forgive. The Lord’s answer was that there was no limit to grace. (Matt. 18:21-22). [Joe Stowell]
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Jn. 13:34-35.
1. This morning we’re going to see how we can better represent Jesus to a lost world, our church, and our families.
2. Title: “Don’t Be a Bumper Car Christian!”
I. NATURAL REACTIONS TO MISTREATED
There are many situations that can provoke us to unChristlike responses:
1. Bad driver cuts in, almost wrecks you;
2. Boss gets onto you without cause;
3. A family member is belligerent, hateful to you.
4. A church member ignores you.
5. Your Christian values are mocked by unbelievers. HOW DO YOU REACT?
A. HURT -- it hurts!
1. Nobody likes rejection, or to be the butt of jokes, but it’s a part of life, to some extent, and also part of our lot as Christians.
B. GET DEFENSIVE OR DENIAL
1. Take up for yourself.
2. Or deny the criticism is true.
a. Who knows how many pints are in a quart? (2)
b. On her way to a picnic, Julie Guiterrez stopped at a fast food place to order a quart of potato salad. "We don't sell it by the quart," the clerk snapped.
c. "Okay, then give me two pints, please," she replied.
d. Julie added, “I'm proud to say I held my tongue when she asked, "Do you want it in one container?"”