Thursday, September 20, 2012

What happened to civility and grace?

The University of Tennessee will continue prayers before home football games. This decision comes after a challenge from the Freedom From Religion Foundation that the prayers were exclusive and offensive. UT consulted with its attorneys and found that the prayers were not unconstitutional.

I must confess that I've been disheartened by the public's response toward this decision and especially the comments aimed at the Foundation. Many of the comments I've read on stories and posts have basically amounted to one big F you to the foundation. The tone of these comments have been astounding -- particularly coming from those who say they are Christians.

It is totally fine to disagree with someone's position on an issue and even debate them. What's not OK is tearing them down or essentially telling them to go to hell. How does this show the love of Christ? How does this communicate the truth of the gospel?

Granted, some folks who profess Christ don't actually know and walk with Christ.

For those of us who know better, please let us always hold fast to the admonition of Colossians 4:6: "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person."


  1. Amen, Lola. If people have been uncomfortable with the pregame invocations, imagine how much more uncomfortable they could be now with the prideful responses added to it. Especially considering there are many Christians who are among those that are uncomfortable with the practice of the pregame invocation.

  2. So true, Lola! I regularly remind myself about the fact that not all who say they know God actually do, but unfortunately not all recognize the difference. Thanks for the gentle reminder to love all and speak wisely and in love.