Nonsensical Church Sign of the Day: Plumbing Wisdom

I’ve mentioned before how my daily commute takes me past a church sign every day. Truth is, it takes me past two church signs on two different highways. Yesterday I happened to notice that the other church sign had a message that was, well, less than clear in its meaning.

It reads as follows:

BE THE FAUCET

NOT THE DRAIN

IT’S UP TO YOU!

Um, OK?

I know it’s supposed to be a metaphor, but I’m not sure why a faucet is a positive thing while a drain is a negative thing. If your basement is flooded you’re going to grow an appreciation for having some way of draining it and a faucet can be a problem if you can’t shut it off. Perhaps they mean that Christians should do all the talking and not bother listening as a sure-fire way to win converts? It’d certainly be a good way to avoid being exposed to new or differing ideas.

Does anyone have a clue what the hell this is supposed to mean? Is it not as stupid as my brain seems to think it is? I’m probably over thinking it. Wouldn’t be the first time.

16 thoughts on “Nonsensical Church Sign of the Day: Plumbing Wisdom

  1. waitwaitwait..

    Does the original have the words GOOD and BAD actually printed on it like that??

    I thought you or someone added that to mock it.. Holy crap that is funny.. It’s even stupider than I thought.. Of course.. given its likely target audience.. I guess such clear cut metaphors are… ahem.. useful

  2. As a Plumbing Inspector, there is a subtle difference in terminology in the industry. The faucet is part of the “water service” and the drain is part of the “sanitary drain (read sewer)” system. From the occupant’s viewpoint, he receives “clean” water from the faucet and uses the drain to get rid of the “waste”. Now who’s over thinking this?

    😆

    Peace.

  3. Near as I can figure it, the faucet is a metaphor for the provision of something valuable, while the drain refers to detracting, as in “dealing with her is a real drain on my energy.” Of course, I could be totally off base. A good metaphor shouldn’t require this much analysis! 🙂 Thanks for making me laugh.

  4. Perhaps the preacher who had the sign put up was a reader of Skirt Magazine, which Chatty Crone believes to be of limited distribution around Atlanta (GA, not MI). Some of the “Be the” combinations there are even goofier than the one in the church sign. New one to fit the occasion:

    Be the pillar, not the stupid church sign. 🙂

  5. 😀 That’s the thing about these little word-byte messages — they tend to leave plenty of room for comical extrapolation. lol in particular at John’s comment.

    For my part, I thought the sign was meant to encourage adding something positive to society rather than “draining” the goodness away with bad vibes. Not a terrible message, I suppose.

    Then again, Noah’s contemporaries would have found a drain quite handy.

  6. In the new Testament, Jesus talks about streams of living water flowing from believers. I think the idea is that people are to be life-giving rather than life-absorbing.

    It’s actually a pretty good bit of wisdom, even if I suspect I strongly disagree with their definition of what it means to give life.

  7. Derrick wrote:

    In the new Testament, Jesus talks about streams of living water flowing from believers. I think the idea is that people are to be life-giving rather than life-absorbing.

    Ah, OK. I guess the faucet thing is a little more understandable given that reference. Though that comment from Jesus could be kinda creepy when you stop to think about it.

  8. My first thought is that the human race comprises “givers” and “takers” with the faucet being a metaphor for a “giver” while the drain is a metaphor for the “taker”.

    P.S. Oooh, I like your anti-bot scheme. Haven’t seen it before.

  9. so i guess you shouldn’t listen to anyone but yourself???? (i mean, it is YOU who in fact are the OTHER people to the person who you’re preaching to)@ Moloch:

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