A lot of times, it annoys me when people try to infuse a kick of profundity into what they say. Usually there’s nothing profound about what they’re saying, just something that seems illogical in some way. Often, it only seems like that because the human brain is highly illogical. We rely on things like Vulcans and androids and Hermione Granger to have a good understanding of logic (thank God for Leonard, Brent, and, most importantly, Emma Watson).
I do like when things are profound that aren’t really profound. In case you couldn’t tell from the title. One such thing that I saw recently was a church sign that simply read, “Return.” Now, one of the first things I noticed about the sign was that it is at least a little funny that the sign said just that. It’s the specific word that makes it funny, as if it’s issuing a command. Now I could relate this to our rebellion against God by equating the pharisees to Clu, going against the meaning commands issued by his, and Jesus to Tron, but I won’t. Although that could be funny.
The sign was, pardon my Young Life-ness, profound in its simplicity. It was also beautiful and intentional (now I’m *so* Young Life). But its profundity really was evident through its simplicity. The sign didn’t say, “Return to church!” or anything that forced its meaning. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all New Age-y and say that everone is right and it doesn’t really matter what you believe, just that you do! The simplicity of the sign expresses the simplicity of its message: just return. Return to the most basic of foundations; return to what is simple: God. And the only way to return is through Jesus. The complexity in the simplicity is astounding—so much flows from so little. Is that overly profound? If it is, sue me. I’m a hypocrite just like you.