So here I was wondering what to write about seeing as I haven’t posted in a couple of days when I open up my email client and find he following missive forwarded to me by one of my relatives:
From: [Family Member]
To: Les Jenkins
Subject: Jesus Test
HE is the only one that can save this country from the people that want Him removed from government.
Our great nation will not stand if we delete HIM from all aspects of our government as the atheists want.
[Big Jesus picture that didn’t come with the email for some reason, but which still shows up as a big empty space kinda like the reality of God.]
This is an easy test. You score 100 or zero. It’s your choice. If you aren’t ashamed to do this, please follow the directions.
Jesus said, “Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven; but whoever disowns Me before men, I
will also disown him before MyFather in heaven.” MATTHEW 10:32-33
Not ashamed? Pass this on . . . only if you mean it.
Yes, I do Love God.
He is my Source of existence and Savior.
He keeps me functioning each and everyday.
Without Him, I will be nothing. Without Him, I am nothing.
But with Him “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. “
[Smaller Jesus picture that also didn’t come along with the email like it should have.]
This is the simplest test . . . If you love God, and are not ashamed of all the marvelous things He has done for you, send this on!
Now this relative, I’m not naming them or which side of the family their from because I’m not out to publicly ridicule them, knows that I’m an atheist yet they included me in the group of friends and relatives that they emailed this missive to. So I wrote up a small reply and here it is:
[Name of Relative],
I already know you’re a believer and I have no problems with that. I’m not sure what the point of this email is other than to make decent Christians act in an obnoxious manner. The government is supposed to represent people of all faiths including those without any faith. It was established to be secular and neutral on issues of religion and slowly over the years the Christians have slowly gotten their faith ingrained where it shouldn’t be.
Above and beyond that, however, do you really think Jesus would be impressed by your ability to forward on an email proclaiming your love of him? Or do you think he would rather you were out doing something significant in his name such as helping to feed the poor or some other similarly charitable act that falls in line with what Jesus himself supposedly did in the past?
I guess my challenge to you is: Is this what Jesus would do?
I’m going to guess said family member will apologize and claim that I was included in the list of recipients by mistake and that’s entirely possible, but not receiving it wouldn’t have changed its obnoxiousness to those who did get it. The email serves no real purpose other than to make the sender sound like an ass and I’m not sure thats among any of Jesus’ supposed teachings.