Scripture as Graffiti

They finally got rid of the dingy Mobil gas station across from the church.  After hearing it was to be a new bank and then a wine bar, it became another gas station.  But this is not your father’s gas station. This is “Signature Fuels.”  They kept the same building and put all new fancy siding on.  That night the local gang tagged it with graffiti.  It is a crime to tag a building with graffiti, but I think it more serious to use Scripture as a tag.

Does everyone now tag their signature with a Bible passage? I thought it was corny when Al Barry did it; silly when Jerry Kieschnick copied it, and laughable that Matt Harrison continues this “ancient” tradition of synodical presidents.

Actually I think Harrison’s “Let’s Go!” from Mark 1:38 might be tongue in cheek.  However, the conspiracist in me notes that “Let’s Go!” is also the latest slogan for Shell Oil. I was, kicking it old school as young people of the aughts use to say, i.e. I was reading Time magazine and there it was big as life.  A two page ad for Shell saying, “Let’s keep delivering heat to our cities,” and then it closes with the LCMS president’s personal motto.  “Let’s Go!”  Same punctuation. Same emphasis. Synod president in bed with big oil?  Rock-ribbed Lutheran my eye.  Big oil player or lobbyist, more likely.

Putting the best construction on this: since everything is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer, I suppose signatures can be.  And VDMA was a Reformation rallying point.  And finally, because “Let’s go!” reminds me of Bud Light’s “Here we go!” it makes me smile.

About Paul Harris

Pastor Harris retired from congregational ministry after 40 years in office on 31 December 2023. He is now devoting himself to being a husband, father, and grandfather. He still thinks cenobitic monasticism is overrated and cave dwelling under.
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6 Responses to Scripture as Graffiti

  1. Bart Goddard says:

    Let go; let God.

  2. Bart Goddard says:

    Leggo my Eggo!

  3. Matt Harrison says:


  4. Bart Goddard says:


  5. Jay says:

    Putting the best construction on everything … do you know how? Unless these men you cite have misquoted scripture, putting the best construction on everything does NOT include making disparaging remarks at every turn. This post along with Mr. Goddard’s incomprehensible comments not only do not”put the best construction on everything” (Luther on the 8th Commandment) but also demonstrate not only “despising … other authorities” but a lack of “honoring, … serving, … obeying, … loving and cherishing (Luther on the 4th Commandment) those the Lord has chosen to lead your church body and mine. Do you really think attempting to link our synodical President with big oil is God is God pleasing and “putting the BEST construction on everything? May God have mercy on us all!

  6. Bart Goddard says:

    Oh how I love these double-hypocrisies. A guy who admits that my comments are too deep for him to understand, proceeds to put the worst possible construction on them in the very act of preaching about putting the best construction on everything.
    Too rich. Please post more.

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