Has anyone ever responded to a question you asked like this?
Person A: “Did you watch – what-ever-cheesy-tv-show-is-the-rage – last night?”
Person B: “Oh, no – I rarely watch tv – last night I was at my weekly Bible study.”
A simple, no, would have answered the question – the question was – did you watch the show? Not -what did you do last night?
Person B might as well have come right out and said, “While you were filling your mind with trash like Dance Moms, I was being spiritually filled in a Bible Study.
Person A: “I can’t wait for the game tonight!”
Person B: “Wouldn’t it be great if people were that excited about Jesus?”
A good example of interjecting spiritual piety into every day fun.
They show their spiritual piety with signs like this:
I assume this is a cut down to all the heathens and the spiritually immature walking by while trick or treating.
Maybe people think this is witnessing.
It’s really about shaming others and looking righteous. These statements don’t start good conversations about faith or Jesus – they kill conversations.
We’re good at that on facebook, too. During the presidential election I think I saw, “No matter who is president, Jesus is King,” phrases dozens and dozens of times. That’s nice. I do agree, but thanks for that oh-so-righteous reminder.
There’s a neat term for this called a Jesus Juke. It’s when someone takes a conversation or idea and turns it into something holy. http://www.jonacuff.com/stuffchristianslike/2010/11/the-jesus-juke/
As Christians, I think we’ve all done this at some point.
But when we start seeing it for what it is – spiritual snobbery – we realize it turns people off to us and God.