"Cease And Desist"
May 16, 2012
And he (Ananias) said, "The God of our fathers appointed you to know His will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from His mouth; for you will be a witness for Him to everyone of what you have seen and heard." Acts 22:14-15
Father Luke Strand has a parish, Holy Family, in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.
A man of some humor, Father Luke has a black Volkswagen Beetle. On the doors of his black Volkswagen Beetle are stickers which say, "God Squad."
It is a humorous take-off on the giant electronic firm Best Buy's "Geek Squad."
When I heard about Father Luke's VW, I had a pretty good chuckle. It wasn't a knee slapper, but it did bring a short-lived smile.
Apparently, Best Buy doesn't agree. While Father Luke thought of his decorated "bug" as a way of spurring discussion and bringing his faith to others, the lawyers at Best Buy considered it a violation of their trademark.
That's why they sent Father Luke a cease-and-desist letter -- a letter he can't discuss in public.
Well, Father Luke may need to be silent, but I don't. You see, I'm not a lawyer, and I don't represent a giant electronics firm.
I do represent a Savior who isn't afraid of trademark infringements. His symbol is a cross, and He has told everybody to gather before it.
If you are a sinner, He says, "Come, and receive forgiveness."
If you are a great sinner, He says, "The invitation is especially for you."
If you are lonely, He says, "Come, and be with the Friend who loves you most."
If you are burdened, He says, "Come, and we will carry your troubles together."
If you are afraid of death, He says, "Come, I will take you through death's shadow into a place of perpetual life and joy."
And maybe, just maybe, because Jesus says those things, His followers and supporters make up the biggest organization this world has ever seen.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, like the rest of us, lawyers have a job to do. We respect them for doing it well. Most of all we respect You who successfully did the job entrusted to You by the Heavenly Father. Because You have finished this job, we are saved. For this, along with respect, we give You thanks and praise. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries