Letter to the Editor of the AZ Republic

November 19, 2006

For the backstory on this letter to the editor, published in today’s Arizona Republic, click here.

Dear Editor:

The Marine Reserves’ “Toys for Tots” program directors were surely wise to be cautious about giving away talking Jesus dolls to children for fear of offending Muslim or Jewish families. Those who should be most offended by the dolls, however, are Christians. Jesus Christ is not a toy. For two thousand years, Christians have professed that Jesus is Lord, that Jesus is of one substance with God the Father, and that Jesus will come “to judge the quick and the dead.” How, then, can Christians actually support this inane and offensive doll that does little more than mock the glory of the accepted central figure of our faith?

I regret, for Christians’ sakes, that the Marine Reserves has reversed its decision about these dolls and now plans to give them as gifts.


Rev. Brett Hendrickson, pastor
Guadalupe Presbyterian Church

5 Responses to “Letter to the Editor of the AZ Republic”

  1. Matt Says:

    Did they print your letter? That is brilliant and needs to find its way to the Bible belt.

  2. sheepdays Says:

    Thanks–it boggles the mind how some of our fellow Christians can think that a toy like this is actually a good idea or an evangelistic tool. I’m sure there were a lot of knee-jerk reactions from Christians saying that the Marines were being “politically correct” and being anti-Christian, but people don’t think.

    They did publish it in the paper–no replies yet.

    I guess I’m not a good evangelist when I remember what the psalmist says in Psalm 111: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

  3. Evonne Says:

    Glad your back. I missed your thoughts.

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