You’ve seen them…more than once. “I’M NOT PERFECT, JUST FORGIVEN.” Gives me a bad taste in my mouth. Theologically, it’s not problematic. Realistically, it’s 100% accurate.
So maybe I’m reading between the lines but it sounds like, “Hey, don’t get mad at me if I screw up because God’s on my side and I’m forgiven so who gives a hell!” I come to this conclusion because cars with that bumper sticker tend to cut me off in traffic or refuse to let me in when I’m stuck in the other lane.
Am I perfect? NO! Am I forgiven? YES! But I don’t hide behind that statement to EXCUSE behavior. I believe Jesus is my LORD and Savior so I think my behavior should be different (and better) than everyone else’s. I think His death and resurrection should make a difference in the HERE AND NOW, not just in eternity. So I’m not perfect, but I should be different.