Letter to the editor: Holy Moments could justify ‘terrible things’


To the editor:

Thank you for your interest in my article, Bill Gerhadt.

I would love to sit down with you in person and go through it to demonstrate why I believe my assesment is correct.

In short, Kelly’s definition of a Holy Moment is extremely nebulous and subjective. Such a definition amounts to no definition at all since there is nothing concrete: “Make yourself available to him,” Kelly writes, “for one moment you simply do what you prayerfully believe God is calling you to do in that moment. That is a Holy Moment.”

There is nothing in such a definition that offers clarity. So people who call themselves Christians and are not might claim that God is calling them to do terrible things. And such a person might legitimately say that it was this definition that gave him the go ahead.

Yes, I know that is not Kelly’s intention. Nevertheless, Kelly’s definition only makes things less clear.

On your second point, I believe you are drawing conclusions that are not supported by the article itself. Doing good things keep society rolling. I am simply communicating that doing good things is not an end in itself, as Kelly seems to promote.

Feel free to contact me at First Baptist Church in Perry, Iowa, if you would like to talk more over breakfast.

Rev. Andrés Reyes


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