Dr Gene Scott  Rev Jeremiah Wright Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren  the prophet Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church  Martin Luther King  Jim Jones and members of the People's Temple 



God Loves Ugly People

Don Knotts is beautiful

Driving on the southwest side of Columbus, Ohio in August of 2005, I was struck by the following sign advertising services for the CrossLink Community Church.


Alright don't worry, I'm fine.  I wasn't actually struck by the sign.  But it did make a big impression on me.

It's not something anyone ever talks about, but churches do tend to attract some unattractive people.  Though ye be just gross and ugly and can't get a date with a dog even while wearing a pork chop necklace, church folks will still socialize with you.  Hey, they pretty much have to accept anybody.  Not to speak for any other religion, but that's probably one of the better points of the Christian churches I grew up in.  They're a haven of acceptance for the socially inept.

But it struck me odd that a church would actually publicly acknowledge this, much less absolutely advertise it like this.  Basic Christian agape would seem to prescribe a kind of polite discretion.  "Hey, are you so gross and fat that you couldn't get a date with a crack whore while carrying a $100 rock?  Come see us, we'll still accept you."  That doesn't seem very nice.  That would seem to be rubbing our ugly faces in it- not particularly a good act of Christian charity.

Talking about this oddity with my godson's Mama, she immediately went another direction with it.  It has to be some kind of thing about us ALL being ugly with sin, and we love sinners.  

Going to their church website seems to confirm this, as they are advertising "two chances each weekend in September to find out why we're all ugly."  

See, says Mama, that WAS it.  They were just making that quote for shock value to get your attention.

They certainly did accomplish that.  But that shock value depended precisely on the indiscreet acknowledgement of that hurtful truth that I originally took out of it.

That's all there is to this humble little essay.  I don't have any Deep Theological Insights here.  It just struck me as curious strategery.

Al's Secret Ugly Stash

God and Country index and explanation


Holla Back!

Culpepper Log [updated frequently]

MoreThings Home



Link Soup
morethings master photo gallery index MP3 sammy davis little richard photos buddy holly pictures fats domino images chuck berry pictures 01/ 02/ 03/ 04/ 05/ 06/ 07/ 08/ 09/ 10/ 11/ 12/ 01/ 02/ 03/ 04/ 05/ 06/ 07/ 08/ 09/ 10/ 11/ 12/ 01/02/  03/ 04/ 05/ 06/ 07/ 08/ 09/ 10/ 11/ 12 01/ 02/ 03/ 04/ 05/ 06/ 07/ 08/ 09/ 10/ 11/  12/01/ 02/ 03/ 04/ 05/ 06/ 07/ 08/ 09/ 10/  11/  12/08/ 09/ 10/ 11/  12/ manchurian candidate pictures 24 lucille ball images james blunt photos clint eastwood pictures lena horne images team america pictures robert mitchum photos bruce springsteen pictures  mariah carey pictures ann coulter photos sissy spacek pictures tanya tucker images  loretta lynn pictures beatles pictures white stripes pictures andy griffith pictures kill bill pictures parliament funkadelic p-funk pictures beverly hillbillies pictures al barger frank zappa pictures jerry lee lewis pictures richard pryor photos june carter johnny cash pictures vic mackey shield pictures macy gray pictures james cagney images elvis presley pictures gwen stefani images dolly parton pictures devil whores pictures tom petty photos tori amos pictures joaquin phoenix images Quills movie images peter lorre images reese witherspoon pictures  flaming lips images rolling stones photos fiona apple images dr strangelove pictures elvis costello images  ray charles photos marx brothers pictures prince rogers nelson pictures blazing saddles images  sinead o'connor images  eddie murphy photos all in the family pictures south park  pictures homer simpson images bob dylan pictures elizabeth taylor photos drawn together images saturday night live pictures hee haw pictures james brown images pete townshend photos tina turner pictures dixie chicks photos robert anton wilson images guns n roses pictures paula abdul pictures jodie foster photos borat eminem frank sinatra photos van halen images