Carrying Empty Guitar Cases

29 Jun
I love adverts that make me laugh. Infact I think there should be a law passed declaring that an advert cannot be published in any form unless it is funny! The last advertisement which made me laugh out loud is a poster advertising Sprite in Lisburn. Sadly due to the internet’s ability to let you find anything except the one thing you want I can’t find a picture of it online. Anyway, the advert says “Girls love musicians, carry an empty guitar case around with you”. Despite neither me nor Ali needing an empty guitar case, I did laugh as I wondered how effective it would be!
The sad truth is that as you look carefully people really are carrying empty guitar cases. Every world religion apart from true Christianity is based on carrying empty. Doing outward good works but it doesn’t change the inward reality, we are born sinful and cannot do anything to change ourselves, we are rotten at the core. “There is no one righteous, not even one;” Romans 3:10 (NIV)

Maybe you’re a nice person and don’t do anything to hurt others but if you haven’t trusted in Christ for salvation you are trying to get to heaven by your own good works, you are carrying an empty guitar case. Undoubtedly if someone were to carry an empty guitar case around long enough they could convince themselves and others that they were a musician. Similarly you may be able to fool yourself and those around you as to where you will spend eternity. The truth is you won’t be able to fool God.
You may be thinking “I’m not trying to impress anyone, I don’t believe God exists”. Well the truth is you are doing something even more ridiculous than carrying an empty guitar case, you’ve put it over your own head denying that God exists, ignoring the stunning evidence all around you. “But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water” 2Peter3:5 (NIV)

Finally as true believers we can also be guilty of carrying empty guitar cases. Wanting people to think that we are better than we really are, making a show of our faith or knowledge and allowing sinful pride to contaminate our service of Christ.

James McCullough

P.S. This will be my last post for a while as i’m away to sunny Cornwall!

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2 Responses to “Carrying Empty Guitar Cases”

  1. Rodrigo July 3, 2007 at 10:14 am #

    Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

  2. Alastair and James July 3, 2007 at 3:52 pm #

    Well glad to see we have foreign readers even if we can’t understand your comments!
    Ali

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