Another Motivational Poster
PG was looking at facebook, and saw a motivational poster. Instead of a sunset, or a kitten, the background was a person in a hospital bed, breathing oxygen through a little plastic tube. The foreground text said: “When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now? – Max Lucado.” PG made a comment. “I would want to not hear other people’s ideas about religion.”
We live in a Jesus happy culture. The version of Jesus that is forced upon us is a scheme for life after death. Those who believe in this scheme have no respect for those who do not agree with it. (There are exceptions to this generalization. Unfortunately, the jerks are louder and more persistent.)
When you are about to die is one of the weakest times of life. Your defenses are down. You do not have the strength to argue. To force your beliefs on a person in this state is the act of an emotional bully.
PG has heard about the Jesus plan for life after death literally all his life. He has decided, after much thought and, yes, prayer, that he simply does not agree with it. To PG, the answer is to trust G-d to take care of you when you die, and not to worry about it when you live. It is not an easy choice, but it is the one he came to. To confront a dying person about this sensitive issue is repulsive.
The text that prompted this post was embedded in a picture. PG had two choices… to manually type the text, or to find a source that could be copied. The phrase “when you are in the final days of your life max lucado” was submitted to Mr. Google. In .31 seconds, the answer was on the screen.
The top result… possibly paid for … was 22 Great Max Lucado Quotes. The site was What Christians Want To Know, owned by Telling Ministries LLC. The page advertises Liberty University, life insurance quotes, language lessons, and the chance to study the bible online.
Apparently Max Lucado is a professional Jesus worshiper. His site is advertising an Alaska cruise with the preacher. His Youtube channel is MaxLucado316. Does Mr. Lucado harass dying people because of their opinions about Jesus?
The comments to 22 Great Max Lucado Quotes have an amusing story.
Cindy December 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm Hey Josh. Do you have permission to use these?? We called Max’s church and they would not give us permission to add some of his quotes in the bulletin. We are a small small church and I found this odd.
Josh December 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm Thanks for the comment Cindy. I found these quotes all over the web so I think they are okay to use. That is strange that you were not able to use them on a Church bulletin.
Christof February 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm Cindy, I’m sure no-one is going to take you to court for using this – its like giving the beggar a bread and expecting money in return.
Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library” .