Recently someone wrote to ask me if they could put EscapeToReality.org on the back of their truck along with a short grace slogan. I was honored to be asked. But their request got me thinking about grace slogans. In short, can the message of grace be reduced to a bumper sticker?
The gospel is simple. You don’t need a degree to get it. Nor do you need to read Hebrew or Greek to understand it. So theoretically, there should be no reason why the message of grace can’t be reduced to a sound-bite.
But grace itself is HUGE. Paul wrote of God’s hyper-grace (Rom 5:20) and Peter wrote of God’s manifold grace (1 Pet 4:10). To paraphrase Brennan Manning, putting grace on a bumper-sticker is like trying to contain Niagara Falls in a tea-cup.
Can it be done?
I put this question to readers of E2R’s Facebook page and got some brilliant – and some not-so-brilliant – responses, and I have turned some of these into bumper stickers (see below). You can decide for yourself which ones are the brilliant ones.
(If you like any of these stickers you can make one for yourself at makestickers.com.)
What do you think? Do any of these grab you? Can you do better?
If you’re a long-time E2R reader, you may recall a post entitled, “The Gospel in One Word, Two Words…” In that post I presented some short gospels – many fewer than ten words – and invited readers to do likewise. Some of their suggestions ended up in my book, The Gospel in Ten Words.
So here is today’s challenge: Can you convey something of the manifold and hyper-grace of God in a bumper-sticker sized quote? If you can I might put your suggestion in my next book for the whole world to see! So let’s see what you’ve got.