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When Shelly arrived at school yesterday with a blanket wrapped around her nobody thought much about it. We figured that maybe she was feeling a bit chilly due to a cold or something.  But today, she arrives with a rope tied around the blanket to hold it in place and holes for her head and arms. What is up with her anyway? (more…)


Chances are that you’ve heard this before. Chances are good that you either heard it in church or from a Christian friend. Or maybe you saw it on a bumper sticker. I have heard it many times in my life, but it wasn’t until recently that I reflected on how flawed the logic is behind the statement.

The general context behind this statement is usually something along the lines of, if you don’t stand for Jesus, then you’ll believe anything and be “led astray.”  Let’s take a closer look at what the speaker actually means. The first part of that statement is actually a bit misleading.  When the person says “if you don’t stand for something” they don’t really mean just “something.”  What they really mean is, you need to stand for what I’m telling you. You need to buy into what I’m selling. You need to believe as I believe. They’re attempting to prey on your apparent indecision about following Jesus.

What’s the result of you not giving in to their sales pitch?  Well, obviously, you’ll fall for anything.  I mean, if you don’t accept their religion, then you’re just gullible and naive. Did you ever catch that before? The veiled insult? If you don’t “stand for” what I’m telling you about right now, then you are dumb. Surely, if you don’t accept Jesus right now, you’re going to be brainwashed by a cult that will end in you drinking poisoned kool-aid.

Basically, there’s nothing good about this pithy statement. The first part is misleading. “Something” implies multiple options, but the speaker doesn’t really mean that. He or she wants you to stand for one option in particular. The second part is insulting. If you don’t stand for “my thing” then you’re a dunce incapable of rational thought and good decision making. Uh oh… Did we just venture into bullying territory?