The preacher was young, but was being mentored by the senior pastor of his church. He loved the teachings of Jesus Christ and he, unlike most of us, sincerely sought out a better understanding of his Savior and the scriptures. One of the callings he answered was leading a Saturday night service, geared for those that had not grown up in church, with its set of structured mannerisms, organ music and procedures of worship. This service was to be a simple message, the way it was intended, the way it was accepted and lived by its first believer, given out in simple love and accepted in simple understanding.
At one point the parent church outgrew its large auditorium and the senior pastor felt that it was time to 'seed' a church in another part of the town. The one chosen to lead this new church was this young man. A location was chosen and the news was spread that a new gathering was going to open up. There was something there that people were not finding in many denominations. Don't be offended by that statement, there were only eight people on the whole planet that God found worthy of saving prior to the flood, doesn't mean there weren't plenty who thought they were worthy. The hungry souls came and it wasn't but a short time and the crowds outgrew their first location. From there they moved into a much larger structure and have remained there ever since.
This young preacher wanted to do nothing more than spread the news that Jesus had come and offered something very simple, to believe in him as God and accept him as a personal savior. There was no added lighting of candles, confession boxes, political chastisement, voodoo-hoodoo stuff. One didn't have to pay to have a prayer said for them, purchase a piece of cloth that had been prayed over, or go through an earthly person to have a conversation (prayer) with God. It was simple, it was just the plain truth. He taught that Jesus' love always wins. It may not appear to win the battle but it will win the war.
Now, speaking of war, other churches in the area began to point accusing fingers, wagging tongues of gossip, and blatant unfounded lies about this young preacher and the followers he was teaching. They accused him in the press, without ever confronting him in person with their concerns, something the Bible teaches us to do in the book of Matthew. So, when this young man gave out bumper stickers that said, LOVE WINS. he wanted it to be a persons testimony that, in the end, the love of Christ will win. However, whether from some poor, misguided jealousy or misunderstanding, other preachers in the area passed out stickers that said: JESUS WINS. With these bumper stickers was a pamphlet passed out that didn't name the church directly but any fifth grader could have figured out who they were pointing their finger at....the LOVE WINS group of believers.
Prov 6:16-19 These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: (17) A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, (18) a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, (19) a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.
So, now my friend, we have this disagreement played out on the bumper of cars driving around the area. And for what cause? If anything, it only gives credence to those that say, "Christianity, they can't get along with each other, what would they have to offer me?" And once again, in an attempt to prove another believer wrong, Christ's message is thwarted and one thing that God hates, 'causing discord among the brethren' is out for full public display. How sad, how pitiful, how childish, how stupid.
In my humble opinion.