Ever heard any of the quotes below?
Especially when sharing what the Bible says on a certain issue?
“This isn’t unconditional love, we are supposed to love unconditionally.”
“I am appalled by the unchristian tone of this … “
“Who gave you the right to judge these people?”
“Can’t we just focus on what we have in common?”
“Don’t be so dogmatic!”
“You may have quoted Scripture but your attitude was not loving.”
“You are so legalistic, Jesus condemned the Pharisees for that.”
“Look at the many people they are reaching with their loving acceptance.”
“If we don’t do ____________ then no one will become a Christian.”
Here is a satirical look at Paul’s letter to the Galatians Church.
Dear Christianity Today:
In response to Paul D. Apostle’s article about the Galatian church in your January issue, I have to say how appalled I am by the unchristian tone of this hit piece. Why the negativity? Has he been to the Galatian church recently? I happen to know some of the people at that church, and they are the most loving, caring people I’ve ever met.
Phyllis Snodgrass; Ann Arbor, MI
I happen to be a member of First Christian Church of Galatia, and I take issue with Mr. Apostle’s article. How can he criticize a ministry that has been so blessed by God? Our church has baptized many new members and has made huge in-roads in the Jewish community with our pragmatic view on circumcision. Such a “seeker-sensitive” approach has given the Jews the respect they deserve for being God’s chosen people for thousands of years. In addition, every Gentile in our midst has felt honored to engage in the many edifying rituals of the Hebrew heritage, including circumcision, without losing their passion for Jesus. My advice to Mr. Apostle is to stick to spreading the gospel message of Christ’s unconditional love, and quit criticizing what God is clearly blessing in other churches.
Miriam “Betty” Ben-Hur; Galatia, Turkey
I remember a lady at a previous church who would often say the Apostle Paul didn’t like women. Why? Because she didn’t like his instructions to women, they weren’t considered to be loving.
The piece from Sacred Sandwich would be more humorous if it wasn’t so true.