Let me start by saying that I think * I agree with the overall point of this C?N post — publicly using others’ material without acknowledging the source is a Bad Thing ™.
But two things about this article give me pause — one serious and one kinda funny.
—- Seriously (in the literal sense) —-
The title of the post is “Sermon Copying: When The World Has More Integrity Than The Church”.
Now, it’s ridiculous to compare a Christian with an unsaved person to show when the Christian is better than the unsaved person. Even comparing Christians with each other is silly. The only relevant measuring rod for the Christian is Jesus Himself. We all fall short, but (thankfully) the Christian has Christ’s righteousness attributed to him.
So why isn’t it just as ridiculous to compare a Christian with an unsaved person to show when the Christian is worse than the unsaved person? Again, the only relevant measuring rod for the Christian is Jesus Himself. Whether the Christian is better or worse than another person is beyond irrelevant.
A less charitable person would note that a lot of the ADM posts seem to have a subtext of “Luke 18:11" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2018:11;&version=50;" target="_blank">at least I’m not that bad“.
—- Seriously? (in the facetious sense) —-
In support of this (fallacious) comparative point, the author asks three rhetorical questions early in the post. In order to coincide with this point, the answer to the questions must be “no”. Let’s look at the first two and the implications of assuming that the answer is ‘no’:
… can you imagine a member of congress standing up and saying “Last night I was doing some research and 74% of …” when he didn’t, but was reciting another person’s experience?
I would like to welcome the author to America. This is the only explanation that I can fathom. Who else but a person new to this country wouldn’t know that 99% of what congresspersons claim as their own, isn’t really?
Or what about a CEO standing in front of his board of directors saying “I remember it like it was yesterday,” while every word he speaks is another person’s history?
This question makes me happy for the author. It’s quite clear that he has not spent one day in corporate America. Spending time in corporate America is not something that I’d wish on my worst enemy, so I’m glad that he hasn’t had to endure this grotesque, soul-sucking torture.
* I say “I think” because I (admittedly) didn’t read every one of the 2653 (!) words of that post.