Your post blew up today. Christians on Facebook and Twitter have been reposting your article like crazy, which I’m sure has pleasantly surprised you.
You are probably both a kind and intelligent person, but your article is neither of those things.
Here is a portion of what you said:
This Friday is called Good Friday, because we remember what God did for us by sacrificing His Son upon that cross. But do you remember? Or are you still trying to figure out who’s right and wrong on that legal issue?
Well played, Satan. Well played. You dangled the bait (and we all took it) for believers and nonbelievers/ believers and believers/ nonbelievers and nonbelievers to turn on each other, draw lines, AND DISTRACT EVERYONE FROM THE GOSPEL. You made it as simple as posting a picture on a social media site to make everyone lose focus of what this week is really about.
Because your post was made public, I think it calls for a public response.
Here it is.
To use Jesus to shut people up isn’t exactly new, but it isn’t classy either. And that’s exactly what you’re doing. Your article tells the folks who care deeply about the events in the Supreme Court this week that Satan is using them. That Satan is using their convictions, their hearts, and their online relationships to further his agenda. You’re saying that they are a part of the problem.
I think it sucks that so many of us Christians get upset and lament our frustration when our society doesn’t afford our religion the respect we think it deserves. We could stand to be a bit more long-suffering. Besides, I doubt Jesus gets upset when the Distracted People “should be focusing on his resurrection”… that lucky guy has two birthdays every year.
And if Jesus had a Facebook account, he’d probably have changed his profile picture too.
As for your audience, the “Nonbelievers” you mentioned aren’t celebrating Easter in the first place, so it seems pointless to tell them how distracted they’re getting.
More importantly, you have judged everyone’s actions and found them wanting (even calling it participation in the demonic). Do you really think you can say something like that? Do you really think that all this discussion is for nothing- for something negative? That nothing good is coming of people talking about human rights?
Of course you can. Because that’s all this is to you. A distraction.
Heather Anderson (another concerned Christian) put it this way;
I just… I can’t. Human rights aren’t a ‘distraction’… they affect the day-to-day quality of life of SO MANY people. But if it doesn’t affect you, it’s just a ‘distraction’. Right? Like that distracting issue of slavery? Or those distracting women that wanted to vote?
This week (and the whole year for that matter) isn’t just about celebrating Jesus and making sure everyone else is celebrating Jesus, it’s about taking the Way of Jesus into regular-old life. It’s about being Jesus.
Caitlin, I’m glad you’re putting yourself out there in the public arena and sharing your thoughts… just remember to allow others to do the same without attributing their thoughts to Satan.
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