Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Say it aint so!!!

I have to admit to being stupefied by this photo! It was posted on ragamuffinsoul.com (Carlos Whittaker's blog), and I couldn't help copying the photo and pasting it here. I admit that I was pretty rankled when I read it. And we wonder why church attendance and the perceived relevance of Christianity is on the decline? We wonder why the world considers us intolerant and judgmental? This sign says it all. Isn't it amazing how we choose to major on the minors? The self-appointed, self-righteous people who came up with this list, have determined that these are the people or lifestyles that God hates the most. Since they have so 'thoughtfully' and 'prayerfully' put the list together, I guess that makes slave dealers/owners, arbiters of genocide, and other such abominable acts, safe?

To read this, you would think that these were the things that condemned people to hell. You would get the distinct impression that Jesus didn't die because He loved us, but merely because He wanted us to observe a set of rules. I imagine that the people who came up with the idea for this sign have probably never had an evil thought or committed any of the acts that they so gleefully list on their sign. Don't miss my point by thinking that I support these lifestyle choices, I just don't think that's the way we'll convince people that a loving God cares for them and that we are His very 'caring' ambassadors. What do you think?

4 comments:

Ash said...

Bullhorners (mmm...I think there's Nooma piece on that)...can I be open enough to say: I don't like them! They make the word "Christian" taste bad...and that's sad. I recently heard a pastor say, "it is God who judges; who would have the NERVE to condemn?" And I agree. But it makes me all the more want to live a life that exemplifys what Christ came for and that is Love and grace, and acceptance.

fearfullymade said...

Sports fans? What did sports fans ever do to anyone?!! This would be kind of funny if it weren't so serious!...After all it is hate we're preaching not love or any such nonsense...or wait maybe I got that the wrong way round?!

Joseph said...

Kamsin, my sentiments exactly! Sometimes I wonder if it isn't true that we are preaching hate instead of love. Knowledge without grace makes you cerebral and legalistic as demonstrated by the sign.

Joseph said...

Well said Ash!