I don’t know what I love more about this sign: the message or the pastor’s name.

Anyway, this week’s bad church sign of the week states:

“Tithe if you love Jesus!  Anyone can honk!”

While this sign is reacting to the bumper stickers that state, “Honk if you love Jesus,” this church sign reveals either a church struggling to make budget or a missed market attempt.

Once again, church signs are for people outside of your church.  Do you really want the first thing people know about your church that you equate love for Jesus with giving 10% of your money to the church?  While I firmly believe that faithful financial stewardship is biblically mandated, passerbys may think that they are expected to give on the first day they come.

But think about this one: if you have never been in church (mainly who this sign is for), do you even know what “tithe” means?  You’d be surprised at how few people outside (and inside for that matter) understand what tithing is.

Churches, be careful the message you are sending, because the world is receiving it.

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.