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AgapePress is not happy about self-proclaimed “red letter Christians.”

And why would they be? Those red letters often lack the fire and brimstone, socially conservative message they promote. The author cites this passage to play gotcha with those damn liberal Christians:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Much that does not appear in red letters in the minds of the Campolo crowd seems to be present in this red-letter passage. Law. Prophets. Old Testament. Commandments. Pharisees. Teachers of law.

I’m a bit unsure of the point Friedeman wants to make. I haven’t known Christians to follow the Old Testament laws, so the interpretation of this passage doesn’t seem to be the one Friedeman wants. In fact, I’ve seen it interpreted as only referring to the Ten Commandments. That doesn’t have anything objectionable to liberal political ideology, as far as I know. Nor do I believe Friedeman really wants to step into the abyss that is OT law. Stoning for everyone!

Friedeman is right about the picking and choosing liberal Christians partake in. Then again, those red letter passages in the Bible are red for a reason. The folks at AgapePress spend far more time worrying about gays and premarital sex than poverty or kindness. Arbitrary picking and choosing or fucked up priorities? I’m going to say the people with their priorities in line are the winners here.

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