The “I Saw Fred Thompson at a Church of Christ” Challenge

Take a gander at this post from Mark Elrod’s Lame-O Weblog:

A few of my readers have been kind enough to call my attention to the fact that former Senator Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) may not be filling out an attendance card at a Church of Christ on Sundays.

So here’s the deal: the first person to provide ME with a somewhat believable Fred Thompson sighting at an assembly of a Church of Christ (Stone-Campbell) in the last twenty years will get to live in immortality by having his\her name written on the Lame-o Weblog forever.

You can either post your sighting here or e-mail it to ME.

Anecdotal stories that involve any of the following would be appreciated:

* Fred Thompson teaching a Bible class
* Fred Thompson presiding at the Lord’s Table
* Fred Thompson leading singing (if it was 728b and you can prove it, I’ll give you $100)
* Fred Thompson driving the JOY bus
* Mr. & Mrs. Fred Thompson (above) serving as greeters
* Mr. & Mrs. Fred Thompson preparing a nice chicken casserole for a Sunday pot-luck

I think this whole “Thompson’s not Christian enough” thing is getting a bit ridiculous. More important to me, than whether someone has been “filling out an attendance card at a Church of Christ on Sundays”, is whether a candidate’s record indicates they have a strong moral sense. Whether Thompson attends a church regularly is not as important as whether he’s right on issues like abortion and traditional marriage.

I see Thompson as closer to Reagan in terms of how he expresses his faith. It’s his personal relationship with God.

Thompson has responded to the allegations:

A spokesman for Thompson, who’s expected to formally announce his candidacy next month, said the actor-politician “is indeed a Christian. He was baptized in the Church of Christ.”

Apparently to “be” Christian is not enough. One must be judged on their “level” of Christianity and whether they attend church dinners. Apparently Mark Elrod was appointed by God to judge people on the quality of their Christianity.

To Mark Elrod, I challenge you with the following:

1. Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Matthew 7:1-2 KJV

Pretty sad Mr. Elrod.

Update 7/14 @ 12:02am:

Response from Mark Elrod:

This is a boilerplate response to e-mails I have received about my Fred Thompson blog post that was cited on WorldNetDaily:

The post from my blog should be read in its original context. I believe that any reasonable person could read my post and see that it is satirical and not meant to be taken seriously.

http://www.markaelrod.net/….urch-of-christ-challenge

This is reflected in an article in the Christian Chronicle about my blog post on Thompson as well.

http://www.christianchronicle.org/….rticle&sid=662

As the CC article suggests, the purpose of my post was to have some fun James Dobson’s assertion that Fred Thompson was not “Christian” enough. To suggest that I agree with Dobson about Fred Thompson, or anything else for that matter, is absurd.

The “journalists” at WND obviously do not fall into the category of reasonable people – nobody at that online publication or anywhere else has asked me to comment on what I wrote on my blog back in March. To me, this is like taking something from The Onion as gospel and publishing it as fact. Real journalists check their facts – faux journalists believe everything they read on the Interwebs.

The bottom line is I could really care less about where Fred Thompson or anyone else goes to church. I

And as a Harding employee, I certainly can’t afford to give away $100 for something as shallow as this.

Fair enough.

  • Whatever the merits of your reply to Mr. Elrod, you ruin it with the reference to Matthew 7:1-2. That passage (including the following verses) is addressing hypocrisy. For Mr. Elrod to have violated the precepts at the beginning of Matthew chapter 7, he would have to be someone who claims to be a member of a church but does not actually attend.

    Note that we are called to “judge righteous judgment.” (John 7:24)

    Again, I’m not saying you are wrong to critique Mr. Elrod here, just that you’ve mis-used Matthew chapter 7.

  • You obviously did not read the post on Dr. Elrod’s blog. If you would take a few moments out of your day to actually read what he wrote, you would realize that it was all done tongue-in-cheek.

  • I did read Elrod’s entire post and I don’t think he’s kidding. I think he’s a self-righteous judgmental person.

    Does this sound “tongue-in-cheek”:

    Update: Let me clarify. The minimum critera for the challenge are:

    1. Seeing former US Senator Fred Dalton Thompson (R-Tenn.).
    2. In a Church of Christ assembly (i.e., a worship service in a building with a sign outside that reads “Church of Christ”).
    3. On the Lord’s Day.

    He is clearly saying that unless Thompson is seen attending a “Church or Christ” that he has no right to identify himself as belonging to the organization.

  • ME

    This is a boilerplate response to e-mails I have received about my Fred Thompson blog post that was cited on WorldNetDaily:

    The post from my blog should be read in its original context. I believe that any reasonable person could read my post and see that it is satirical and not meant to be taken seriously.

    http://www.markaelrod.net/2007/03/29/the-i-saw-fred-thompson-at-a-church-of-christ-challenge

    This is reflected in an article in the Christian Chronicle about my blog post on Thompson as well.

    http://www.christianchronicle.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=662

    As the CC article suggests, the purpose of my post was to have some fun James Dobson’s assertion that Fred Thompson was not “Christian” enough. To suggest that I agree with Dobson about Fred Thompson, or anything else for that matter, is absurd.

    The “journalists” at WND obviously do not fall into the category of reasonable people – nobody at that online publication or anywhere else has asked me to comment on what I wrote on my blog back in March. To me, this is like taking something from The Onion as gospel and publishing it as fact. Real journalists check their facts – faux journalists believe everything they read on the Interwebs.

    The bottom line is I could really care less about where Fred Thompson or anyone else goes to church. I

    And as a Harding employee, I certainly can’t afford to give away $100 for something as shallow as this.