A Brief Explanation
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Leave it to a liberal to completely miss the point.

Today (10-4-00) someone signed my guestbook saying, in effect, "Why are you wasting your time praying for middle-aged millionaires when there are so many poor people who need God's help even more?  You should be praying for your friends and family instead!"

My answer has two points:

  1. God's grace has no means test.  Certainly, we need to help the poor and needy.  That's why I support organizations like Teen Challenge, a faith-based drug rehab program with a phenomenal success rate, and Speed-the-Light, a fund that provides vehicles to missionaries in other countries.  That's  why I work with Victim Assistance, participate in food drives, and give to organizations that help those in need.  But the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22, Luke 18:18-23) was just as lost as the Gadarene demoniac (Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39)  and the woman at the well (John 4:4-30, 39-42), and Jesus loved them all.  In fact, it was harder for the rich man to do what Jesus wanted him to do!  "Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God'" (Matthew 19:23-24; see also Mark 10:23-24, Luke 18:24-25)
  2. This may sound odd to non-fans, but to fans, these men are our friends, even though we don't know them.  We watched their show and grew to love them as if they were members of our own circle of friends.  And since we view them in this way, we show the same concern for them as we do for all our other loved ones.  And we don't want them to die without knowing Jesus as their Savior.  But since we can't talk to them in person, the most (or rather, the least) we can do for them is pray.  And everyone, rich or poor, great or small, needs someone to pray for them.

So no, I'm not advocating praying only for the Monkees and neglecting our other duties as Christians.  We need to do what we can for everyone, and we need to take care of our own.  And this site is not for an audience of four.  My purpose in creating this site was to show fellow Christian Monkees fans what place our fandom has in our faith and to show non-Christian fans that Christians are people, too.  We can have fun and enjoy life, and it's not just a bunch of rules that we have to worry about keeping to the last detail; rather, Christianity is about having a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe, a relationship that frees us from the bondage of sin, gives us strength, joy, and hope, and allows us to have an abundant life.

But the Dudes are people, too, and "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23, emphasis added).  And if we don't pray for them, who will?

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