Sunday, October 28, 2007

sometimes I won't lock-step

I got one of these emails that we all probably get...

"I wanted to alert you to this terrible _______ (movie/book/product/activity) that is being promoted. It will destroy our children's faith and bring us all into heresy if we _______________ (watch it/read it/use it/do it). Tell all of your friends to boycott ________________!"
NOTE: This is not an actual email.
This is similar to many I have received.


OK. It's time for a mild rant...

First of all, I have usually deleted without a thought the emails that suggest I don't love Jesus if I don't forward whatever someone has sent with with artsy-fartsy graphics and glitter text, with a Bible verse tacked on the end. I do love Jesus. I just don't think He wants to see His Name linked with this stuff. And I also don't like the ones that expect me to send it back to you if you are my BFFIJC - (...for those of you not in the know, that "Best Friend Forever In Jesus Christ.") And if you have sent me these emails, I apologize for being so rude about it. But I am still your friend if I don't send it back to you. I promise.

Second, I really, REALLY dislike Bible verses used out of context. And in these kinds of emails, they usually are. Don't make me get out my commentaries and use them on you.

Third, I don't think that just because a leading Christian organization or speaker doesn't like a specific movie/book/product/activity excuses me from the right to use my own MIND and DISCERNMENT to prayerfully evaluate it. Your life may require that you abstain from things like this. Or, your personality make-up may cause you to struggle with certain things that don't bother me. (And to be honest, the reverse may be true.) I think in these cases, it calls for acceptance that others may interpret the "shoulds" differently that you or I do. And it's OK. Really.

That's it. I'm done. (Stick a fork in me...)

Deb

5 comments:

GrcGrl said...

I got an e-mail about a movie/book this weekend too. Actually, i got three...the same e-mail from three different people in my church. I deleted all of them. Is it wrong of me that I saw the e-mail and thought, 'huh...I want to see/read that?'
Thanks for your thoughts...I'm glad I'm not the only one....

Deb said...

It also affects politics too, but I didn't want to go there (yet)...
:)
d

Deb said...

oops. Tried to approve your comments DebD and Mandy, and they went to cyber-bzzzzzzzzzt-land somewhere.

Repost if you like (I liked them!)

d

Sarah said...

I knew I liked you the minute we met...seriously. I feel ya...I have received three of these emails from different people in the last TWO DAYS and they were referring to something I actually really enjoyed...and also something I am completely capable of reading without applying it to my life. I LOVED the story...now, I wouldn't encourage people to have their spiritually immature children to read said books, but seriously...a media blitz to boycott? Seriously?

zorra said...

You are so right. "If you love Jesus, forward this to 20 of your friends." I just delete it. I think there are better ways to show Jesus I love him than to forward treacly angel-filled e-mails to other busy people who don't have time to fool with that stuff either.