Hypocritical: Part 3 – Quotes from the Frontline

USA Today just published an article entitled, “Southern Baptists urge their members to evangelize more.” It is a short article describing briefly some research that Ed Stetzer and Lifeway have done as part of a new evangelism push in the SBC. The article was interesting, but, for our purposes, it is the comments that users have jumped in to offer that will be worth our time. Following are some of the comments to the article…

  • Religion is out of control, and is given far too much respect.
    It enjoys a status it hasn’t earned, doesn’t deserve, and
    it should be mocked and ridiculed as foolishness and a
    public nuisance.
    Religion is like Alcohol.
    The more you indulge,
    the less coherent you sound.
  • is this supposed to be a recruiting tool for fresh republirats???? Bush used this method in the past and while it suceeded, it has now caused americans to dislike the rpeublirat party, while seeing them as hypocrites.
  • The weather is getting nice, time for the baptists to evangelize in a neighborhood near you. Need those $$$ for a BIG new steeple.
  • They are all the same:
    they think they are the true church
    they think the other churches are wrong
    I used to be a christian, I grew up thinking my religion was right and the rest of them were wrong
    C RA P
    I am now a proud ATHEIST and very much happy. I understand now our place in this planet.
  • Why does the mere subject of religion set off anger in so many people?
    ********************
    Seriously?
    Because religion is behind:

    • Eliminating a woman’s right to choose
      Denying homosexuals the right to marry those whom they love
      Limiting scientific research to cure disease
      Right to die issues
      Misogyny
      Many wars
      That’s just for starters.
  • Please don’t knock on my door. I’m busy dealing with reality.
  • It’s a hard concept because Southern Baptists condemn, judge and threaten.
  • The GOP takes a judgmental view of the poor and attracts racists. I doubt Christ would be a Republican.
  • Oh boy, I can’t wait to see the fights at my front door between the Jehovah’s witnesses and the Southern Bapts! I wonder what percentage of the Bible they would agree on?!?
  • Simple. If the southern baptist convention really wants to get the word out they should hire a bunch of Jehovah’s witnesses to hit the streets. THey are a tenacious bunch I tell ya…
  • No one wants to hear these hateful, out of touch, old creatures going around spreading their word.
  • Every so often in the summertime one of the busiest intersections in my city is descended upon by the evangelical howlers who walk up and down in in the stoped traffic and yell and scream at the people in their cars that they are going straight to hell if they don’t shape up right now… it always makes me wish I had a crate of tomatoes on hand.
  • I use to attend church but the hypocrisy of those who say they are Christians and then act otherwise is amazing to me.

Wow. Isn’t that insightful as to what people really think of Christians are our evangelism efforts? These are just a small sample of the comments on the site, but did you notice the 6 themes uncovered by unChristian surfacing? Did you notice that many of these people used to be self-professed Christians?

Stay tuned for part 4 when we look at why being hypocritical is so bad and why it causes us so many problems.

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