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From: (Rob Bell)
A student at a Christian college recently told me
that his theology professor's answers to his
questions about God and Jesus and the Bible
actually turned him away from the Christian faith...

I find this fascinating. How is it that people
who really do want to speak for God can end
up leading people to be less interested in
their god...Jesus referred to some of the
religious leaders of his day as "hypocrites,"
which was actually a Greek theatre term.
(How did Jesus know so much about the
theatre? Did he attend plays?) The word is a
reference to an actor who would take the
stake holding a mask to his face, pretending
to be somebody he's not. Jesus was very
aware of the dark side of religion—that
lamentable scene you find yourselves
in when the Spirit, like Elvis, has left
the building.

I think this truth about the dark side of
religion is alive and well today, specifically
in regards to a group like "Citizens of Virtue."
I'd say they got the first part right. They're citizens,
which means they have a responsibility to behave morally.
But the last part—the Virtue part—that's where
things get dodgy. They embrace words like Kindness and
Charity and Temperance, but every move they make
reinforces the corresponding cardinal sin. They have a
new campaign called the Seven Virtual Virtues. They're
Virtual, all right—"Virtual," as in, "not quite real."
They don't act—they play-act. Jesus talked about this.

From what I've been told, there are seven people inside the Citizens
of Virtue that desperately want to get out. They only know
each other as The Seven. Each has contacted me in some way,
but I'm not able to help them directly for fear of causing
them harm. I need your help to get them out, and together
we can carefully undermine the Citizens' efforts. I don't
know them by name, except for one. The Citizens of Virtue
have been listening and watching and throwing stones
at me for a while now, but they aren't watching you. Not yet, anyway.

At, there's a way in.
It's a small way, but sometimes the biggest help comes from
the smallest of moves, doesn't it?

You can help The Seven.
You can stop the Citizens of Virtue.
You can save someone today.
And in the process,
you just might save yourself.

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