Check Point Ahead, Turn Now!
On June 16, 2014, Cleveland.com published this news article:
PARMA, Ohio- Doug 'Deo' Odolecki stood on a street corner Friday night with sign warning drivers about an upcoming drunken-driving checkpoint, but two words on the sign cost him a citation and an upcoming trial.
The sign written on a piece of white poster board simply read, "Check point ahead! Turn now!"
Police had no problem with the sign itself advising of the upcoming checkpoint. In fact, Ohio law requires that the police advise the public of the exact location, date and even start and stop times of an upcoming checkpoint at least one week in advance, and then again a few hours prior.
Their problem was with the sign's instruction to "Turn now!" That, they said, was interference with police business and resulted in Odolecki receiving a violation.
Isn't that what our world finds so objectionable about the Gospel? It isn't so much the caution but the specific instructions to "Turn now!" Generic talk about God is fine, but don't get so specific as to bring up one's need to turn and follow Jesus.
Obliviously, the world is heading to God's final checkpoint. For those of us who know what's coming I have one question: Where's your white poster board, maybe not a literal poster board but are you warning people of the coming “check point”?
If you are as bold as Mr. Odolecki, don't be surprised when you encounter hostility. After all, you are interfering with the world's business.
"Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 3:2).