August 17, 2010
It’s what I said but it’s not what I meant. Don’t you hate it when someone deliberately misrepresents your words? I googled my name the other day. I know, I know I’m so vain. Actually I do it occasionally to see who is quoting me in their sermon,. I know, I know, I’m so vain. The other day was different though. My name showed up on a website promoting a book called: O’Habits: 40 Success Habits of Oprah Winfrey and the One Bad Habit She Needs to Drop! On the page,”What people say about Oprah”, along with Roseanne Barr, and David Letterman was this: Ordained Wesleyan Church minister Denn Guptill surmising what Jesus would say to Oprah: I think that Jesus would say, “Well done Oprah.”
And I did write those words in a message entitled, “What Would Jesus Say to Oprah?”, but they were just 9 words from a 2912 word message and they were 9 words taken out of context.
However, taking 9 words of Denn out of context doesn’t matter a great deal, but we need to be careful about taking portions of the word of God out of context because that can make an eternal difference. Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.