Tony Campolo is famous – or infamous – for a statement made at a Christian college chapel service:
“The United Nations reports that over ten thousand people starve to death each day, and most of you don’t give a SH%T. However, what is even more tragic is that most of you are more concerned about the fact that I just said “sh%t” than you are about the fact that ten thousand people are going to starve today.”
Let me ask you:
- What was your first thought when you read that quote? Did you visualize thousands of starving people? Or were you stunned by the use of the “bad” word?
- Imagine if you had been in the congregation at your church and he made that statement. What would have struck you then?
- Can think of any better way to point out that sometimes we do not have the heart and priority of Christ?
- Can you think of a better way to reveal our tendency toward self-righteousness and legalism?
I’ve never had the nerve to say anything like this from the pulpit. Maybe if I was a traveling speaker who didn’t have to face the same crowd again a week later I might have considered it…