Thursday, March 10, 2005

Jesus Didn't Slander People

And neither should you! That is my response to the commercial currently being aired by the United Church of Christ, which you may view here. The advertisement pretends to proclaim the church's diversity, but in fact is more focused on proclaiming that other Christian churches employ chained gates across their entrances, guarded by Nazi-looking bouncers. At the end, the ad states "Jesus didn't turn people away. Neither do we." I have already blogged on this recently, here. In response to complaints other than mine, the church has stated that they are merely using parody to make their point, in much the same way that Jesus used parables to teach the gospel. The United Church of Christ is using the techniques of satire more usually found on late night comedy shows, yet there is nothing humorous in the commercial. As I said, Jesus didn't slander his followers, and neither should the United Church of Christ.

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