June 23, 2011

WWAJD About Religious Street Names?


Confusing Directions
 The Brooklyn Paper reports that a protest has been lodged because a street has been ceremoniously renamed "Seven in Heaven Way" to honor seven firefighters who died during the 9-11 Twin Towers collapse.  Apparently some agnostics and atheists think that making references to "heaven" or any other religious concept on public street signs "crosses the line" separating the state from religion. 


So, What Would American Jesus Do About Religious Street Names?  

Certainly American Jesus would insist that all American street names honor him and his religion.  As Revelation 21:12 tells us, God's Holy City uses the names of the twelve tribes of Israel as signposts:  "It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel."

Clear Directions from God
Jesus' word and the Bible show us the way to salvation. So American street names should do the same.  We don't have to name them all after the twelve tribes of Israel, of course.  That would be really confusing, and the Bible is definitely not confusing. But inspirational street names like "Seven in Heaven Way" or "Hallelujah Trail" or "Salvation Path" or “Abbey Road” or "Sinners Repent Run" or "Virgin Bend" or “Route Kyrie Eleison” would meet with Jesus' approval. 

We will become a truly Christian nation only by splaying our religion on our street names.


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