My step-children, Matt and Rachel, gave me a Christmas gift last year that has provided me with endless delight each day since. It's a desk calendar called "365 Stupidest Things Ever Said." Each morning as I tear off the previous day's page I am greeted with a statement so ridiculous I can't help but giggle.
To be fair, many of these sayings appear to be the kind of off the cuff declarations most of us make from time to time when we put our mouths in motion before we put our brains in gear. Others, however, are just downright dumb and the people making them should have known better.
Here are a few of my favorites:
I started thinking: Could I put together a calendar containing some of the dumbest things I've heard people say about faith and church? Unfortunately, I think I could. They may not be terribly funny, but they are just as misguided as anything on my current calendar.
Here are a few I might include:
"We aren't going to force religion down our children's throats. We'll let them decide when they get older." (Evidently, faith is a lot like the measles-get close enough to it and you'll catch it.)
"We're all worshipping the same God." (Really? I could have sworn some are worshipping the Money God, others the Pleasure God, others the Power God, still others the… Well, you get the idea.)
"I don't need to study the Bible to be a good Christian." (I tried this approach in school, and I flunked the test each time.)