Just returned from a weekend trip to Cleveland. Along rural stretches of the freeway, we passed billboards with evangelical messages like “If you died today, where would you spend eternity?” One sign listed the first five or six of the Ten Commandments; I expected we would pass a second sign with the rest of the list but didn’t see it. Then there was a message with a more political slant: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. –God.”
Some day, a local Muslim community–like the mosque I saw alongside a freeway entrance ramp coming out of downtown Cleveland–will build up the nerve to put up a billboard that says something like “There is one God, and Muhammad is his prophet.” How will the folks who put up the “Where will you spend eternity?” signs react? I pose that as an open question, not a rhetorical one (tempting though the latter option is).