Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Nothing says "I hate you" like

a note left on a windshield saying, "You're going to hell and you're going to burn in a lake of fire."

Which is what was left on a man's car because he had a bumper sticker that identified him as an atheist. The incident is described in the article "Bible Belt Atheists Keep Their Views Under Wraps".

The people interviewed and surveyed for the article talk about fear when thinking of the religious people around them. "Nobody's your friend when you're an atheist" was one comment.

The people who leave such notes and who engender such a fear, for anyone, may be religious but they do not follow Christ.

It brings to mind the skits from Saturday Night Live of Dana Carvey hosting a show as Enid Strict, the Church Lady, who would berate people for their mistakes. According to Wikipedia, Carvey said he based the character on women he knew from his church growing up, who would keep track of his and others' attendance. I'm not really surprised that he could easily come up with a role model for the character.

I could go on about this for pages. Distinction and separation are marks of this broken world. Love and unity, despite our differences, must be from God because it seems so hard for us to do.

How do you know when you will run across a mature Christian? By their love, by their love...

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1 comment:

Ellyn said...

Good one John! It is like a friend who told me that when she waited tables on Sundays, she hated it because the "Christians" would come in a treat her like dirt and never leave a good tip!

One time she was treated so badly, that she asked the customer what church they went to and when asked why she wanted to know. She responded "because I don't want to go to church with people like you".