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Remember when we went to school and someone picked on you. You would come back with your “come back” but like 5 hours later you would think of a WAY better come back that you wished you had thought of back in the fight….this kinda feels like that.
So a few months ago I blogged about the atheists who took out a campaign that was anti-God. There was TV coverage and everything.
WELL, here is the christian comeback. To bad we did not do it first, and got good graphics to go with our message. Oh well, “B” for effort. (Props to Ms. Murphy who is not even a church or organization but is mobilizing believers to join the campaign)
I feel for this guy. Someone has hurt this dude. I almost fell off the treadmill this morning when I heard this guy talk about Christmas, Jesus (the idea he is a dictator), and Christianity. Dan Barker is in my prayers today. Everyone is entitled to their belief, but there is no reason to bash another persons belief to try to get your point across. If you do not have time to watch the entire 3:25, jump to 2:30 and hear about how we are “bowing down to a little baby who becomes a dictator.”
Most of America is still “red”. Sure, there are varying degrees of what that conservative position means, but for the most part America still believes in core values. Like any situation it is the extremists, the smaller minority, who are most heard. Case and point, the humanist organization that is doing this campaign. $40k on a bus campaign that does not work. It does not work until every news source writes and reports about it and brings the value of the $40k up into the millions.
So here is the deal. What can we do in our community. What kind of grace, mercy, love noise can we make? It does not have to cost a lot of money, it just needs to be so well executed and so effective that it draws attention beyond its value. Does it mean finding a single mom and doing a home makeover for her? does it mean changing peoples oil for free on a Saturday? Is it giving out food? Find a need in your community, service that need, and watch what happens.
Props to another extremist, Bill O’Reilly for coming up with his own idea. He is giving away the bumper sticker below. There you go pastor friends. Print up some bumper stickers. Insert them in the local new paper. Go give them out at wal mart and the mall. Don’t put the pastors face on them, just something that would communicate to your community. “merry Christmas” or “Its a Merry Chrsitmas in Smallville (insert your town)”. Create a campaign around it and add your website to the back.
I know I believe in God. He has done to much for my life. But there is a group in London (timely with my last post) who are running an advertising campaign about there being no God. You can read the BBC article HERE.
Christians a lot of times feed the perception of weird. We need to understand how people feel about us, why, and know what perception we are feeding. We get it wrong a lot, but we get it right a lot too!
LOVE this response from a Methodist leader: Spirituality and discipleship officer Rev Jenny Ellis said: “This campaign will be a good thing if it gets people to engage with the deepest questions of life.”
She added: “Christianity is for people who aren’t afraid to think about life and meaning.”