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4 August 2008

The single stupidest thing Christians say while trying to share Jesus is...

This is a slam dunk for me. Mine is...
"I know you look at me and think I'm perfect"
Some dumb Christian

Ha... I GUARANTEE that they are NOT.
What's the your single stupidest thing that Christians say while trying to share Jesus?


Anonymous said...

I don't have an answer. But I had to laugh at your comment. That is funny (and sad). Do people really say that to non-believers?

That reminds me of people who give themselves so many compliments and credit for what they do that they completely and totally discredit themselves the more they talk about themselves. Not a Christian topic, but man does that ever irk the heck outta me.

Heidi R.

Dave Carrol said...

Yes talking about your own greatness is a wonderful "sharing Jesus killer".

I think another would be another that includes the phrase... "4 spiritual laws" and ends up with a pamphlet being distributed MIGHT be a mistake

Amazing Kris said...

Being agnostic is a challenge for me. Many laugh at the idea, but it's quite serious. To not be able to believe is about as lonely a feeling as a man can have. I won't be some fraud who pretends to believe when he doesn't. I won't claim to have divine knowledge, but still act as beastly as I ever did before letting Jesus in.
I try to be a good man every day, period. This is a world we share.

So it REALLY makes me angry when a Christian tells me I am going to hell as a non-believer. Oh, how angry I get.
"DUDE... How can I go to a hell I don't believe in?"
Like, is that what he WANTS to happen? Does he feel smug?
Destroy stupids, let God sort them out.

Anonymous said...

@amazing kris: I used to be agnostic too. From my teens to about age 27-ish. Anyway, I had a neighbor who, instead of passing out candy at Halloween, passed out cartoons telling kids they are sinners. I cannot tell you how angry that made me. When my former 7 year old step-son (I am no longer married to his dad) came home from Trick or Treating and showed me that pamphlet I almost went next door and had it out with the oh-so-devout neighbor. That turned me off of Christianity even more.

I am a Christian now, but it was a long road to belief and a lot of hurdles were conquered by some very authentic Christians. Finally, God spoke to my heart and there is no turning back for me. I still think what that neighbor did was inappropriate. Even though I choose not to celebrate Halloween I would never give little kids sinner pamphlets. Are you freakin' kidding me?

Anyway, I wanted you to know that I had my own 'Christians are jerks' story too.

Heidi Reed

Dave Carrol said...

Hey Heidi that's a great story. And when I say great... what I really mean is freakin ridiculous.

wow. I'm quite sure that "you know you're going to hell don't you" wouldn't work at a pick up bar... OR in communicating the beauty and eternity of the Kingdom of God. And the two aren't mutually exclusive ideas either. One of my favorite verses is Job 26:16

"He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction,to the comfort of your table laden with choice food."

It's woo more than a hammer between the eyes. ALTHOUGH... I've been given AND give the hammer between the eyes in love... and really received it... and it's helped.

Kris the thing is that your heart changes but you're still a human constantly being "transformed by the renewing of your mind"... and therefore still prone to be an ass sometimes as human tend to be.

When I was in high school though... my heart was really really ugly. I would show up to class with the express intention of making people feel bad about themselves (make them cry if possible) because of the place my heart was in. But now... even though I'm ridiculously far perfect, having Jesus living in me changed everything.

I wrote this in my blog post Sunday morning... don't know if you read it but it's pertinent to this discussion too

Can people be good without God? People do GREAT things without God on earth yeah. The "without God" crowd has actually had a pretty good run as the "with Goder's" sit in fellowship halls drinking orange drink. The question however isn't "can people be good without God". The question is, "can people be good?" And the answer is no man.

"I am a Christian therefore I am good" is an attitude that Christians have, for some odd reason, given off over the years that has so tainted our culture's view 0f the followers of Jesus. Where did we get off thinking that we were BETTER??

Romans 2-3

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

Forgiveness for our sins is something that atheism cannot replicate. I'm as Christian as they come. I'm unapologetic about it. It's the central plot of my story. It's the driving force of my days. I intentionally get up in the morning trying to find new ways to be more like Jesus. And most days I'm a train wreck of a Christian with tiny blips of hope. I am NOT a good person. Neither are you deep down. Sorry Bill (Note: I don't know a "Bill... well my friend Sam's dad calls him Bill... but I digress) . But each day... I know that because of the Cross, Jesus washes away my moral, social and faithless failings. He unburdens my spirit and gives me another fresh start the next day.

I sat in a hospital room this week with a very soon to be first time mom who would the next day loose HER mom. Her and her new husband looked at me and said, "I don't know how people get through this life without God". I have to agree. I no longer know either. The closer I get to God, the more I releasize just how wretched my heart is... and what a relief forgiveness is. It's why Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

It's something we all search desperately for and something I'm afraid a growing number of Canadians are missing as they choose to place their hopes... in nothing.

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