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Choose your battles Mon, Jun 27, 2005
I went to the Billy Graham crusade in Queens this weekend.  People came from all over the country to see this guy speak.  He's a legend.  People gave him a standing ovation when he came out.  I didn't.  I don't think he wanted a standing ovation.  It puts too much emphasis on him and not enough on God.  As we were walking into the venue, there were a bunch of protesters handing out propaganda and spouting out lies.  But some of them were truths.  One group was called A True Church.  They had signs that said stuff like "Graham leads to hell" and "Jesus caused 9-11-01" and "God kills people".  I listened to some of the things they had to say, and they based everything they said and believed on the Bible.  It was Biblical, but without any of the positive stuff.  Just the negatives.  What about God's love for us (Romans 5:8) and God's care in creating us (Psalm 139:13)?  What about God's forgiveness (1 John 1:9) and mercy (Ephesians 4:7)?  It's one thing to be a hardliner, but it's another thing to fight against people who are on your side.  My point:  choose your battles.  Jesus said, "...whoever is not against us is for us." (Mark 9:40).  Wouldn't it be a little more worthwhile to fight against corrupt church leadership and abortion?  Or how about the rights of Christians in the eyes of the US government?  Ravi Zacharias put it nicely:  "If a spiritual idea is eastern, it is granted critical immunity; if western, it is thoroughly criticized." (Jesus Among Other Gods, p. vii).  There are bigger and more important battles out there than interpretation of the Bible. #religion


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