Friday, February 19, 2010

Surprise Her!!!

If you have access to e-mail and you have more than ten friend’s names and addresses in your e-mail, you most likely have seen the mail making the rounds about Kathy Griffin.

It is about remarks she made during the 2007 (not the most recent) Emmy Awards program. The remarks were removed by E! network prior to broadcast, but they made the news then and the e-mail (as do all forwarded items) has taken on a life of its own and continues to show up years later.

I will not repeat her remarks – they were made by a non-believer and were both derogatory and took the Lord’s name in vain. I dislike giving her or her remarks any more attention than they deserve.

What does deserve attention is a response sent by a Christian gentleman after he received the e-mail and a follow-up e-mail with another’s response. Here is his:

“I have heard her and think she is rather caustic and offensive, but I would have to say that I agree ... Why should we expect anything less from a non-believer? The thing that will draw her to Christ is not our outrage and judgment, but our love for her in spite of her hatefulness. The kind of love that Jesus showed when he came to die for me when I was in the midst of my sin and hatred. May we be challenged to love the unlovely, and pray for those who are far from Christ. How can we, who have been forgiven so much, do any less?

“God, would you surprise Kathy Griffin with a love that she has never seen before – your love? Would you draw her to yourself by your grace, and would you allow us to be a part of that process by the way we care for her (and the other Kathys out there)? For your glory. Amen”

What a beautiful prayer!! I join him in praying that God surprise her and all other unbelievers with His love.

Yes, we are not to be yoked with unbelievers. We are to be a people apart. But we are also teachers, exhorters, and disciples.

We cannot walk up to everyone’s door and knock, but He can. We cannot witness to everyone, but He can see that the right person does.

We can join in prayer for God’s will to be done.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:44-45 KJV)

While we should discerning, we need to understand that God is not willing that any should perish.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 KJV)

We know that He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (1 John 5:12 KJV)

We should want that life for everyone.

2 comments:

  1. Yes! There is also an email going around among Christians, about Jane Fonda's treasonous behavior in Vietnam. The email says something like, "Let us never forgive her!" Jesus did... she is another who needs to be surprised by the love of God. :o)

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