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I saw a video from an online Washington Post article tonight that saddened me. A comic named John Oliver bludgeoned televangelists and "faith preachers" with his sarcasm and a dose of reality. This "faith message" he mocks is one I grew up with, but on some of his points I actually agree with him. He genuinely portrays the way our message appears to "outsiders."
Full disclosure: I do believe in God's ability and willingness to heal and bless us. But I don't think we've done a very good job of sharing God's heart. While there is much truth to what some ministers are teaching, their message often gets lost in the bizarre (and sometimes manipulative) ways they choose to share it.
I'm attaching the link for those that wish to watch it. BE WARNED: This video contains very strong language and brutal sarcasm. If you are easily offended, please don't watch it!!!!! And don't hold me accountable for wrecking your perfect little Christian world. I believe we need to understand what the world around us truly thinks about Christianity in order to engage it. If you choose to watch the video, please read the rest of this article first...