You are out on the highways and byways driving and what do you see? Signs. Billboards. Advertisement. God?
Everywhere you turn, you see billboards advertising lawyers, new burgers, liposuction, motorcycles, and anything you can imagine that you never thought you needed. In the northern stretches of the United States, there is a man by the name of Harold Scott that has decided to advertise something different. Scott, a 72 year old truck driver in Wisconsin, has decided to rent out billboards with his Christian message.
Drivers all across Wisconsin, and a few other states, have been seeing Harold Scott’s professional, well-made Christian billboards for the past 2 years. How does Scott do this? Would you believe he has spent over $600,000 of his own money to maintain his ministry?
Why would a man spend so much money on simple billboards? Scott says, “The devil has got people mesmerized. This country needs some hope, and the only hope they can get is in the Lord Jesus Christ.”
He is a man that truly believes in his calling and has literally put his money where his mouth is. He has set up a fund called Kaiser Christian Fund Inc. to hopefully raise money to keep the project going. Scott has also said he will mortgage his house if he has to in order to continue his ministry.
Some may say this man is not using his funds properly. Why would someone waste so much money on this? I am reminded of John 12:1-7. It is the story in which Mary washes Jesus’ feet with expensive oil. Judas cries out that she had wasted a year’s wage when they could have fed the poor with that money. Jesus teaches a simple lesson in which obedience is worth more than money. For those familiar with the Bible, they will understand that Scott is simply being obedient and does not care about the money. For those who do not understand, perhaps that is exactly what Scott wants: for you to think.
I have also seen a few comments where people feel religion is being pushed on them. Does that mean we are okay with unhealthy food, scheming lawyers, cosmetic surgery, and other inappropriate signs that people are not complaining about? Even if you disagree with the message, its okay. It’s not going to kill you. I can easily ignore all the signs, commercials, and comments I see and hear all day. It’s free speech. It’s the United States of America.
Pictures of all of his billboards are available at the Kaiser Christian Fund website. I have not seen anything that is life threatening or intimidating to drivers on those signs.
This is also a cool reminder that truckers come in all sizes, shapes, and beliefs. They are not all alike. The world is better off with diversity in my opinion.
What do you think? Share your thoughts with me.