After mowing the yard this morning I have been catching up on some reading, working on a banner for a new blog project to be announced on Monday, and grading papers for the Dynamics of Missional Community the first course offered in the new Missional Church Planting degree a Biblical Seminary.
Catching up on some blog reading I found the following quote. David Wayne, a.k.a. Jollyblogger, recapped a sermon on Sodom and Gomorrah. He remembered the famous quote by Billy Graham about either an impending apology to Sodom and Gomorrah from God or the soon coming judgment on America by God. David does a great job pointing out the absurdity of the statement and then offers the following,
Conservative Christians are given to rhetorical overstatement, particularly when we speak on matters that have been co-opted by the political industry.Â Â Inducing fear and worry in the hearts of people is one of the greatest mobilization techniques available to people of any persuasion on any matter.Â But playing to or seeking to induce fear and worry in the hearts of people is not a Christian practice.Â Â It is capitulation to the spirit of the age which is fueled by sensationalism and the creation of crises.
While spot on, it may be an understatement of the obvious penchant for overstatement.