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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Ken Lay, Public Relations, and God

Earlier this afternoon, I listened to Ken Lay's response to being found guilty in the court of law. While I don't have his words down verbatim, he said some things which trouble me, including the insertion of Christianity and God's providence. He made statements about his Christian family, about how "God works all things out to those who love the Lord," and how "God is in control." Shepherd Smith of FoxNews quickly responded by saying, "Thou shalt not steal." It appears that the best PR move is to mention Christianity along with some proof texts to invoke sympathy or appeal to innocence. I simply wish that those who call ourselves Christians would not pull the "Christianity card" out when we are in trouble in an attempt to vindicate ourselves of any wrongdoing. If Lay is a Christian, I think he would be serve himself, the Lord, and the Christian community by doing what is right in the sight of the Lord and not use a press conference as a pulpit. How many times when someone is found guilty or some wrongdoing is done that people somehow wind up bringing up Jesus, the pomo phrase "judge not lest you be judged," and add some proof texts?


Blogger Chris D. said...


Someone at dinner tonight mentioned Ken Lay’s statements and found them encouraging. I reminded him of something Tim Keller talks about - there are 3 ways, The Gospel Way, The Religious Way, and Man’s Way. Ken Lay has chosen “Religious Way” - let’s hope and pray he finds the “Gospel Way”/

5/26/2006 07:36:00 PM

Blogger Timmy said...


I am not familiar with Keller's three ways, but I will check into that. The reason why I find it discouraging because of how God and Scripture is being used today. While there are some obviously deplorable things done in mockery of Christianity (Da Vinci code, Madonna on a cross, etc.), I think this subtle tactic is no less troubling for me because it does not appear on the radar screen for most Christians. Rather, simply because he can quote the Bible and invoke the name of God in his plea, Christians are blindly giving him pity. I just don't see it.

5/26/2006 07:49:00 PM


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