I am bit divided over my approach to it because on the one hand, it’s a definitive verse that gives the essence of our faith.
On the other hand, is it overused to the point of being—and please forgive if this seems irreverent—cliché?
Sometimes we use a resource so often that it loses its effectiveness, but is that the case with John 3:16? I don’t know.
But in thinking about it, the first thing that popped into my mind was the man known as “John 3:16 Guy” who was shown at least once on TV during every Monday Night Football game in the 1970s.
He was a middle aged white guy who wore a bright rainbow colored wig and held up a sign saying JOHN 3:16. He became a staple, and as part of each game as the teams or cheerleaders. He was the comic relief.
I don’t really think anyone was ever converted because of his signs and he probably hurt the cause more than helped. He became a parody, and along with him, to a lot of people, John 3:16 itself. I mean it couldn’t help when he along with his sign was parodied on The Simpsons.
I didn’t know much about who he was—one of those fun mysteries that I grew up with. Ends up that his name was Rollen Stewart
But in looking into just who “John 3:16 Guy” was, I ran into the following articles written by Cecil Adams I will include in the next two posts. Written from a secular perspective, it gives a telling message of witness gone wrong.
And at the very least, if you are going to use John 3:16, don’t act like an idiot while doing it.
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