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I don't know if you have your versions right, Jon - I thought that was the New Bling James Version
A friend of mine had me listen to a sermon which was being preached to missionaries. One of the things he said, I believe, echoes your sentiment.
"we know that we can pick the worst of all out of all the lot, the worst person on the face of the earth, and we know that we would make them look like a choirboy if it were not for the grace of God in our lives."
Here are some things I've noticed:
north: going to church most likely meant "Catholic" I never heard the term "born again" until I got to Florida.
south: going to church most likely means "Baptist" though could very likely mean "Mormon" or "Jehovah's Witness"
north: the people who dressed "old school" prudent were most likely the Mennonites or the Quakers
south: the people who dress "old school" prudent are the ones who tend to give side hugs
north: chewing the Eucharist ("Christ-Chex") after receiving communion was frowned upon because it was a mastication of Jesus' body (this was the widely held opinion of my 3rd grade friends who were much more "Catholic" than me)
south: Publix bread and some grape juice serve just fine as communion
north: a relationship with God means you were most likely baptized as a Catholic, own a rosary that hangs on your rear view mirror, and pray once in a while, usually when you're ticked off.
south: a relationship with God is raising hands or clapping or whatever on Sunday morning, professing His name, talking Christianese, then upon leaving church swearing at the &^@$*! driver who just cut you off on your way to Sunday Lunch.
north: if you say you're abstaining from pre-marital sex the response is "what are you, a priest?"
south: if you say you're abstaining from pre-marital sex the response is "oh, you must be a Christian."
Seriously though - Nicholas Sparks movies might actually be able to stand up to that filter. Can you imagine, Jon, Kirk Cameron in a Nicholas Sparks movie? Perhaps the fact that Mandy Moore already starred in one (as a terminally ill Christian) is what threw off the people who watched "Saved." lol
loved the visual about the balloons - there was a Christian retreat who actually did that as a way to let some of the women (who had miscarriages, had abortions, or had something significant in their life aborted) forgive, let God forgive them, and memorialize the children that were terminated before coming to fruition.
my roommate described almost the exact scene from the retreat. beautiful.