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Quote of the Week: The Protective Mother

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“I was down at the Redondo Pier with my family, and somebody was trying to hand my son, who is less than 8-years-old, a piece of your paper: a $100 bill. He insisted on trying to give me the money, and I really don’t appreciate it; I think it’s tacky.
If people want to be religious it’s their choice. Could you please stop trying to pass things out to people?”

—An angry woman who left an anonymous message on my voicemail.

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  1. Really, Steve! I am ashamed of you! How could you do such a thing? The tract thing…knock it off now, will ya? Listen to the tortured lady and stop being so “religious”! I thought I knew you better than that.

  2. I missed something… aren’t you religious?

  3. Check your caller ID and return the anonymous call. Tell her if he received a $100 bill, then it was a mistake. He should have received a $1 Million dollar bill. By the way, would you say you are a good person?. . . .

  4. I never force the issue. I have found over the years when you force something on someone they tend to ‘harden their heart.’ I just move on to the next person.

    About this person, there will always be someone who complains, just let it go. If she had met you face to face you could apologize for being forceful, but you really believe people need to hear the message.

  5. Samuel:

    “Religious”: relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity.

    You misunderstand what it is to be “religious”. Most people do. It has nothing to do with what a believer DOES buy what a believer believes. Doing good works, even passing out gospel tracts, is not being religious.

    You, Samuel, are a very religious person. Did you know that? You believe there is no God. That’s a belief. Therefore, atheism is a religion. Just like I believe there is a God. That’s a belief. Therefore, Christianity is a religion. See?

    There are thousands of different religions and billions of different “religious” people. But there is only ONE truth.

    “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:22)

  6. I can clear up the “religious” issue for you guys, but you have to acknowledge the fact that it will be a learning experiance for both of you. I highly recommend the book by Fritz Ridenour called “How to be a Christian without being religious”!

  7. I am a Christian and I do not consider myself “religious”. So thanks Jeremy, I’ll be looking into your recommendation.

  8. being “religious” is nothing more than being zealous or devoted to your belief. I am zealous for God, and that makes me a religious person.

    You’ve heard, “It’s not religion. It’s relationship,” but the fact is, it’s actually both. The Bible talks about “true religion” and God alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the True Religion.

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