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Ah, the fun. 
2nd-Dec-2008 10:38 am
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After waiting 3 weeks to publish my letter, the paper managed to get this letter in 4 days later.


Re: "Judging people you've never met makes no sense," Saturday, Nov. 29 by James P. Ebert

James, I applaud your desire to be a peacemaker, a noble purpose. And I believe your final statement of having rose-colored glasses may be true. It seems like those glasses are used to filter out sentiments that don't "agree with you." Sometimes when you throw a little light on something the contrast improves and you can see things a bit clearer.

You see this as a "gods" thing.

We see it as a "God" thing.

You see it as judgmental thing.

We see it as a mercy thing.

You see it as condemnation.

We see it as forgiveness.

You see it as life without rules.

We see it as rules to live by.

You see it as religion.

We see it as relationship.

You see it the way you want it to be.

We see it the way God says it is.

You see it as forcing your views.

We see it as sharing the Good News.

You see yourself as a little god.

We see Jesus as the only God.

You interpret what you read to please yourself.

We interpret what we read to find the Truth.

You see all men as children of a god,

You just don't know who that is.

We see all men as children of God,

He has revealed Himself to us in His Son.

It's fair to say that you have carried your erroneous interpretation of Scripture regarding "the priesthood of the believer" to the fullest. It would be wise to become a believer first.

I'm not judging you or anyone else, God has already judged us all and found us guilty. Now, he is offering you His forgiveness and mercy through His Son. It's a good offer. In fact, it's the deal of a lifetime.

Kim Pilkington lives in Nixa.


I really hate it when people prove my point.
Comments 
2nd-Dec-2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Oh good gawd...

It's fair to say that you have carried your erroneous interpretation of Scripture regarding "the priesthood of the believer" to the fullest. It would be wise to become a believer first.

I'm not judging you or anyone else, God has already judged us all and found us guilty. Now, he is offering you His forgiveness and mercy through His Son. It's a good offer. In fact, it's the deal of a lifetime.


There is so much to say here, but I will leave it with the fact that I am annoyed beyond belief at the idea that she ASSUMES that you are not Christian, that you have no relationship with God, and that her interpretation of scripture is correct. As may people pointed out in their comments to her, she IS proving your point by being judgmental.
2nd-Dec-2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
This is more or less the kind of letter that gets published down here on a regular basis. Along with a few crackpots who are still going on about how we just elected a Muslim as president.

Seriously. I feel like our new editor is trying to be Hearst back during the Mexican-American War.
2nd-Dec-2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Spanish-American War.

I'm just sayin'.
2nd-Dec-2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Oops, let me go fix that. What I get for commenting right after waking up.
2nd-Dec-2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Again, I wonder how this stuff can surprise you in the least. It's not like a letter to the editor is going to magically change people's worldview (or lack of such a thing).

Unless, of course, you're just linking this to elicit nods of sympathetic understanding from your readership. In that case, hell yes, people in the Ozarks are idiots.
2nd-Dec-2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
Well, it does show my Ohio friends what passes for news down here.

And Nah, I really wasn't expecting to change the world. It'd be nice if it did though:)
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2nd-Dec-2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
I agree, she is an idiot.

I quit arguing with the atheists a while back, figuring they have their own versions of a personal golden rule to follow, so arguing about divinity is stupid. although every once in a while, I like to quote Mother Abigail in The Stand ... "It doesn't matter if you believe in God, God believes in you!"

It's fun watching their eyes cross.
2nd-Dec-2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
*rolling my eyes*

5th-Dec-2008 05:16 am (UTC)
That was my opinion.
5th-Dec-2008 05:07 am (UTC)
What a very silly and pointless response. And evidently she feels she has the voice to speak for ALL Christians. Either that or she's using the Royal 'We'. *snort*
5th-Dec-2008 05:16 am (UTC)
I noticed that. I posted my response to this letter yesterday evening, although I have no idea if the paper will publish it.

I pray she was using the royal We, since I'd rather deal with a megalomaniac than a psychotic.
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