Yes!!! Negative Press Rules!!
Hello Thomas Lovelies,
So, as you remember, Hemant and Ashley will be speaking at the Jubilee Conference, the national conference for the CCO. The CCO is the campus ministry orginization that, for some reason, employs yours truly. As far as I know, it will be the first time that atheists will speak at a national Christian conference.
I’m proud of my organization, because they took a risk on my idea. I suggested that we do this because I thought it would be good for Christians to understand that atheists are actual people, not scary straw people as painted in the media. Plus, to be frank, I want them both to know Jesus, something they understand completely. I figured we would get some negative reactions and I turned out to be right.
Enter the blog, “And The World Hears Them…”. I tried to find out more about this blog and the people that run it. There is not much information there except it’s a blog run by two people named Judy and Yvonne.
Allow me to quote some of the (cough) finer points of this post and my reactions.
At the 2010 Jubilee Conference sponsored by the Coalition for Christian Outreach bridging-the-religous-divide of the 39 speakers there are at least 2 proclaiming atheists/heathens . . . Interesting, what is the purpose of a Christian organization sponsoring a Christian conference for college students and presenting a panel discussion between Christians and atheists? Very progressive.
The last time I checked, I don’t think anyone asked Hemant and Ashley to come speak because we want to be “progressive”. I’m not even sure what that means. Although, from exploring their site, it seems that they are trying to accuse the CCO of compromising the Gospel as they see it. Or indirectly, me, as this was my idea. I encourage Yvonne and Judy to ask Hemant and Ashley if I ever compromise the Gospel when I’m talking to them or back down from the idea of Jesus being the answer. Go ahead. Ask. Oh, and, no one is hired at the CCO who doesn’t believe this statement of faith.
Can you see the unfolding deception? Jubilee is entrenched in social justice, save the world, and man-centered initiatives. If we all stood side by side and ‘did good’ together the world would be a much better place. Will that be the conclusion which is reached?
And, once again, dualism rears its ugly head. I wonder if Yvonne and Judy ever asked themselves, “I wonder if my version of Christianity is steeped in Platonic dualism rather than real, biblical Christian thought? Maybe God is concerned about seeing all of creation redeemed? Nah, that would be too hard, much better to just see the world collapse in it’s own filth while we wait for Jesus to come back.”
How would Jesus bridge the religious divide? Perhaps a panel discussion between a couple Pharisees and Disciples?Perhaps build a house together in Jerusalem with an ecumenical group of Christians, Gnostics, and Pagans.
Well, first, Gnostics didn’t even exist until much later. And, when they did, their philosophy resembled much of what Y and J are saying here.
But, that’s not even the worse point of this post. The worst part is how they blatantly misprepresent Jesus.
So, let’s run down some quick categories of people Jesus hung with:
Taxcollectors, Sinners and Prostitutes: Matthew 9:9-10, Matthew 21:31-32,
And my favorite verse Matthew 11:18:
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
Jesus also hung out with the Pharisees: Luke 11:37
So, yes, Y and J, that’s exactly what Jesus would have done. I could also mention Zaccheus. You remember him, yeah? There is a cool kids song about him.
The worse part of all this is that Y and J have forgotten the core aspect of the Gospel, which is God’s grace to sinners. Remember Y and J that you are sinners and God gave grace to you. God met you where you were and still meets you were you are. Remember that you are the servant, not the Master.
All we try to do at the CCO is to be obedient to God and His word. Y and J, your critiques are not only off base, but they misrepresent the organization. The CCO is a group of faithful believers who are daily ministering the Gospel on a college campuses. I know most of them. I know their hearts. They engage people daily for Jesus, face to face, and not behind the cover of a blog. They follow Jesus by imitating Him and loving what He loves. They try to learn what the Bible teaches and they struggle to be obedient.
I would encourage you to do the same.