Credibility in your Christian witness…do you exhibit it?
We are all ambassadors for Christ; both in a positive way and negative way…we all impact the way we present our Savior.
Today, I’d like to highlight the negative way. Now this is not to say that we cannot point out error when we come across it; we should do that. It’s just that there is a way to it that is “Christian” and a way that is not.
Art Sippo is going to model for us today the “negative” way.
Here is the set up:
A 3rd party requested to set up a debate between a representative of the Catholic faith and Dr. James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries. In the process; Art Sippo was contacted.
His response was to post a childish sounding rant making many false statements and accusations about Dr. White. Now it’s bad enough to use personal attacks but it’s something else again to distort the facts; otherwise known as lying.
You can read what James White says about it here:
You can see Mr. Sippo’s post here:
What you won’t find is a comment that I posted at Mr. Sippo’s blog asking him to do the right thing and retract his false statements. He either would not post my comments or he just hasn’t gotten around to doing so. In the event that he does post them; I’ll make a correction. Just in case; here is my comment to Mr. Sippo:
Aside from your unchristian tone, why do you give the impression that this protestant is “jonesing” to debate you and that your debates in the past have been less than fair?
Is it not the truth that the past debates this person has had with you have been on “Catholic” turf with Catholic moderators?
Sir, you are being very uncharitable and you are giving the Catholic faith a bad name by your actions; they come off as insincere, dishonest, and worse.
Please; do the right thing, print a “correction.”
Not only did Mr. Sippo ignore my plea, but he posted a blog entry the next day and lied about the situation again!
As I said; I hold this up as the example of what NOT to do. To NOT represent our Savior in this way. Yes, we will have disagreements, yes we will be passionate about our position on the issues, but as I said at the start of this blog post, there is a way that’s God honoring, and a way that sullies the name of our Savior.
So when you speak to those of faiths that you believe to be in error, think about how you come across; don’t use personal attacks, don’t use pejorative language as Mr. Sippo has, and certainly strive to represent the other person’s views accurately as Mr. Sippo has not.
It’s just Christianity 101.
Update: Mr. Sippo hasn’t deemed it important to print my comment on his blog; evidently only “supportive” comments get posted. Shame on you Mr. Sippo.