Head First: Good Tidings of Great Joy!!!...er, um...

Monday, November 14, 2005

Good Tidings of Great Joy!!!...er, um...

This is a t-shirt design from the fine folks at ShirtsThatPreach.org, the outerwear arm of Life and Liberty Ministries, whose primary purpose seems to be stamping out abortion.



Make no mistake, I hate abortion. I think it's a tragedy. I think it should be unlawful. But I don't think outlawing it will stop it. And I don't think this sounds like the Jesus I signed up for.

If you would like to take a moment and offer these folks an encouraging word, you can contact Dennis Green at lifeandliberty@juno.com. Then you can gather the kids around the computer and check out the billboards with the mutilated dead babies on them (please don't).

9 comments:

dufflehead said...

i think Christ would try to convince the creators of this stuff where they missed the boat but somehow i think they would just think He's crazy.

ninjanun said...

Wow, that list isn't long enough. I mean, they didn't even use any verses from the Old Testament! What's up with that?! I also noticed they were selective in who did and didn't make the list, even of the verses they did cite. For instance, the "greedy," the "unloving" and the "unmerciful," to name but a few.

It's interesting that "aborters" didn't make the list. Hmm....
Of course, they'd be hard-pressed to find the cherry verse that summarily condemns abortion.

Isn't it ironic...don'tcha think?

j said...

Yeah, that's a little strange. I even got dizzy trying to read down the jaggedly spaced lists. I appreciate their boldness on some issues, but I think they've "missed the boat" on others too. They're a little harsh....ok, a lot harsh in their delivery. I've seen the site before.

But if all else fails, next time I'm interested in seeing what's wrong with me, I'll consult the shirt.

BruceD said...

It's funny that he would damn all those people, then die for them anyway. Maybe he was trying to say that, in that current state, we are all damned in one way or another... but, it's OK... He is the cure for our damnation. Whether we want it or not. Whether we deserve it or not. Whether we believe it or not.

J Hearne said...

OH, C'mon, Bruced. We were having such a good time questioning and joking and then you have to throw in some useful and kind commentary.

Aimee said...

i'm pretty sure it was these folks we ran into when we went to the Fish Fest in Irvine last year. ok. it's a daytime Christian music festival with a family atmosphere. And on our drive in to the parking lot there they were- these over-sized billboards of bloody, aborted fetuses. i had all my children with me. and unfortunately, as soon as i realized what was on that billboard, so too did my 9 year old son. i wondered why these folks would be trying to preach to the choir? but then someone came along and told me that many abortions occur among church goers.

ok. so traumatizing my 9 year old son, forever imprinting an image of a bloody, aborted child in his mond is going to deter him from abortion? from sex? or maybe from church? i mean, i'm pro-life and all, but these tactics are shameful and even outrageous. these people are so extreme in their perspectives that they care not for others. they care so much for "the unborn" that they completely fail to minister love and grace to those already born. i wouldn't even call that missing the boat......... because it is clearly against the Spirit of Christ.

Zeke said...

For God so selected the utterly depraved elect that he predestined them from the foundation of the universe to be the benefactors of the transaction performed on the cross which remits the sins of the elect unto salvation but is ineffective at remitting the sins of the unelected.

Warms your heart, eh?

JimmyBob said...

Whoahhhh! Slow down. Is anyone on this chain suggesting that Christ's death on the cross covers the sins of the whole world with or without benefactors expressing faith? Does that mean NO ONE is going to hell?

For the record, I do not believe T-shirts like that are helpful or Biblical. Scripture teaches a kind and gentle approach to sharing Christ with unbelievers. It also leaves a very bad taste in my heart when people preach about Jesus condemning and damning rather than loving. Paul told the Romans that they were "condemning" themselves when they comdemned others for the same things they were doing. And should we really be condemning anyone at all? Romans 2:16 "The day will surely come when God, by Jesus Christ, will judge everyone's secret life. This is my message." OK, who here has no secret sins?

Caro said...

Jimmybob- Do you realize that you have set me up to throw the first stone, the stone of condemnation? I've always felt that my sinless state only required me to avoid the damned sinners and now-must I get close enough to them to hit them with a stone? May I please use a slingshot? That way I can't get too clse to them, but I can still "do my duty."
OR is my mission like His, to leave the Holy Place (of my imagination!) and go into a filthy world to touch the damned, dying, and dead to bring His message of hope and life?
I think I should just hang out with the rest of the righteous (you know, the priests, Pharisees, et al) and keep ALL the godies (sic) for myself.