Proud Christian, Husband, Father, Gulf War Vet, and Conservative
Totally Offensive commercial
I couldn't believe it when I saw this ad on TV. Click the watch the commercial link.
To imply that other churches would turn away gays, old people, minorities and handicapped people is just ridiculous. The United Church of Christ has gone over the top by airing this commercial, and they need to be called on the carpet for it. They are doing nothing but weakening the message of Christ by implying that other denominations are bigoted and would turn anyone away.
As my friend Brian said to me after he saw the commercial, "I'm quite offended at the implication that all Christian churches outside of the UCC faith reject people... we reject sin... not the person..."
The United Church of Christ at a quick glance looks to be a church that follows the teachings of Christ and truly wants to include everyone in their worship. I will need to do more research into this at a later time to see if there is anything in their teachings that do not comply with the teachings of Christ.
The United Church of Christ is falling into the same trap that modern Liberals have seemed to fall into. They are preaching tolerance but not showing it towards their fellow believers. They are painting all other denominations as bigoted homophobes that require a litmus test in order to share in the Grace of Jesus Christ. The UCC has chosen to scare the general populous into the idea that if you join any other church you simply aren't a follower of the true teaching of Christ. It is true that Jesus taught us to be tolerant, of people, not sin. Jesus repeatedly warned against accepting sin and urged His followers to reject it. Jesus preached that people need to be forgiven, but urged them to go and sin no more. He was tolerant of the people not the choices that people had made.
The UCC has chosen fear to try and increase their patronage, but in the end they are damaging the true message of Christ.
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know My Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."
Written by: Dan on Monday, March 07, 2005