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Let’s face it. You either like to see people brutally tortured and drenched with blood. Or you’re just not a Christian. It doesn’t matter when the blood gushes out. It could be when you’re watching “The Passion of the Christ” with your Bible study group or a holiday parade with your children. You gotta love that blood. ”You are either for it or against it,” says Chris Wendt, pastor of Potter’s House Church in Coeur d’Alene. ”The greatest Christmas gift ever given was Jesus Christ and the blood he shed for forgiveness of our sins.” Maybe so. But do you really want your float in the town’s annual holiday parade to look like it was designed by Freddy Krueger? — Tom Henderson/Lewiston Tribune.
DFO: Tom’s a bit over-the-top in thinking that most Evangelicals embraced the Potters House Church float. At best, Evangelicals in my circle were ambivalent. Most thought the Potters House was clueless with re: its in-your-face entry. Still, someone should forward Tom’s editorial to Pastor Wendt. I wrote an editorial about the float that isn’t quite as colorful, for Saturday.