A letter as a denouement on the popularity of the Get Out of Hell Free products (after my essay on the topic, which is still up on the GOOHF site).
Pastor John in Oregon:
As a Christian Pastor (Lutheran-ELCA) I too find it interesting how so many who call themselves Christian practice Hate over anything else first. So much so, that when I am asked what I do, for example when riding on a plane, I want to answer something like ‘Lawyer’.
You made a comment about the ‘Christians’ that picketed a funeral. A friend of mine, who is a Lutheran pastor and lesbian, felt honored enough to have her church picketed by [the minister who led them]. It truly is a sad day when you judge how ‘Christian’ you are by how many Fundamentalists you piss off.
True’s Official Consulting Pastor, Dr. Rev. Rus in Rochester, New York, sent me an interesting quote last week. Rus is often good at putting everything into perspective: “It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.” –G.K. Chesterton.
Then today, Rus sent me another, which he found in the book he’s currently reading, When Bad Christians Happen to Good People (yes, really!):
The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what in unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable. —Brennan Manning.
I don’t fully agree with the quote, since I think most atheists aren’t “caused” by any one event, but it’s pretty interesting and telling.
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