The Warning

I thought I had posted this picture a couple of weeks ago, then realized that somehow it got overlooked.

We spent a couple of days in Pembroke, Ontario, earlier this month reconnecting with some old friends and making new ones. We lived there 1987-1999, more or less, so the visit brought back a lot of good memories.

I spent some time wandering through the downtown, seeing what had changed and what was still the same after 20 years. This message was on the sign in front of First Presbyterian Church. It seemed fitting for a hot day when the sun was blazing and carries an eternal truth, no matter what the weather.

Everyone knows that on a sunny day you should use sunscreen; the damage to your skin if you don’t take care can be considerable: sunburn, or even skin cancer with prolonged exposure. We’ve learned to protect ourselves.

When it comes to the bigger questions of life, I get the impression we aren’t as diligent as we are about applying sunscreen. Many, maybe even most people go about their daily business without much thought about God or their relationship with Him, or what happens when our bodies die. When you think about it, that should be one of the central questions to our existence.  

In John’s Gospel we read “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Desperately trying to apply sunscreen after you already have sunburn isn’t very effective. Waiting until after your body dies to meet God is not a smart move, as the photo implies.

The choice is yours. 

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