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"Life's Short" (A Follow-Up)
by Steve Higginbotham
May 16, 2007
Earlier this week, I wrote an article about a billboard in Chicago which read, "Life's Short.  Get a Divorce."  Since writing that article, I have learned from one of our readers, that later that same day, the billboard was taken down.
 
My first hope was that maybe the law firm that was responsible for the billboard had a change of heart, a twinge of conscience, and realized that the message and images were inappropriate.  Unfortunately, this wasn't the case.
 
 My next thought was that if they didn't have a change of heart, then maybe the moral outrage of the community caused them to remove the billboard.  Again, I discovered that this wasn't the reason either.
 
The reason for the removal of the billboard was simply that the law firm had failed to get a permit from the city.  After the building inspector removed the sign, one of the lawyers who was responsible for the billboard said that he felt "violated" by having his billboard "ripped down without due process."
 
He felt violated?  What about those who were subjected to the immodestly clad pictures on the billboard, and the message that encouraged divorce for little more than sexual gratification?  Might they have felt violated? 
 
This law firm has promised more "cutting edge" ads in the future and reports that their business has increased dramatically since the billboard went up.
 
I'm reminded of what the prophet Isaiah said... "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" 
 
This law firm might be able to get a city "permit" and put this billboard up again, but a city permit doesn't mean God permits it.
Copyright 2007, South Green Street Church of Christ, Glasgow, Kentucky
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