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The Rubberband vs The Zip Tie

Legalism Spiritual Growth Narrow Minded

Source: Eric Hollar

Contributed By: Eric Hollar | Date Posted: 2015-05-12

Scripture: James 3:16

Author: Eric Hollar



All you need is a rubber band, a zip tie, and a few pens. 

When the zip tie is used to bundle the pens, it's locked in place. Once the zip tie is locked in place around the pens, it's use is final. You have to cut the zip tie to unbind the pens, rendering the zip tie totally useless.

But when you take the rubber band and bundle the pens together, you can easily remove the rubber band to free the pens. And the rubber band is still useful, because the rubber band is flexible. It can be used over and over again.


Life is a progression of events. Things change. People are different. In order to grow, you must stay flexible. Flexibility is the constant readiness for change and a willingness to be used. You are willing to be stretched in order to fulfill God's purposes in your life and in your relationships.

"Blessed are the flexible, for they will not be bent out of shape" - Dr. Terry Sparks, Family Life Church - Sulphur Springs, TX. 

"For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, WILLING TO YIELD, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy" (James 3:16-17, NKJV).

Straight-laced and Narrow Minded

Narrow Minded Grace Self-righteousness

Source: various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-08-16

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

Author: unknown


Someone has noted that it's a pity more people can't travel the straight and narrow path without become straight-laced and narrow minded.


There is a balance that elludes many who attempt to walk the narrow way. That balance is between allowing God to make you a better person and never allowing yourself to take any credit for it.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).


Don't Say Skepticon Be Gone

Skepticism Witness Narrow Minded

Source: “Mo. shop owner apologizes to religious skeptics” by AP, 11/22/11

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-12-02

Scripture: John 20:24

Author: Illustration Exchange


"Skepticon is NOT welcomed to my Christian Business." That is the sign that greeted customers at Andy Drennen’s Springfield, MO, gelato shop this past Saturday (11/19/11). He posted the discriminating declaration in response to a Skepticon Convention attendee whom Drennen said was delivering a mock sermon and cursing the Bible. “There was this guy who made very vulgar comments about my faith. He was just really disrespectful. Very, very disrespectful toward my Christian views."

Skepticon is an annual assembly of religious skeptics. According to the event’s organizer JT Eberhard: “Skeptics conferences are an important part of the movement. They not only grant people access to the icons of the movement, they also arm those in attendance with information; the key weapon for the side of reason. They also provide a sense of community for a group of people who can often feel isolated in a largely religious population.” The event is sponsored by the mock Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (or “Pastafarianism” as they term it). This should tell you something about just how sincerely skeptical organizers and attendees really are.
After reconsidering his own negative attitude, Drennen quickly removed the sign, but not before someone posted a picture on the web. Soon after,internet animosity went viral. He made a public apology Monday saying his hasty response  "was completely wrong and unacceptable" and that no one was actually turned away.


There is no doubt that Pastafarians take great delight in ridiculing and deriding Christianity and people of faith. Nevertheless, is banning them from our businesses really the message we want to be communicating to a group which already finds us narrow-minded and intolerant?

Jesus went to great lengths to welcome doubters! Remember his response to Doubting Thomas? He laid open not just his heart, but even his very wounds to him. 

"Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Matthew 20:24-29

Grace Is Just Too Easy

Grace Salvation Skepticism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-04-22

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; John 3:3

Author: Illustration Exchange

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Asking The Wrong Question

Love for God Motivation Legalism

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2020-08-16

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25

Author: Neal Pollard

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Drawn to the Well

Legalism Calling God's Love

Contributed By: Gabriel Carnes | Date Posted: 2019-03-29

Scripture: John 4:14 ; John 10:27

Author: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch

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The Selective Search for Intelligence

Intelligent Design Seeker Atheism

Contributed By: Seth Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-07-18

Scripture: Ephesians 4:17

Author: Seth Dillon

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The Drowning Stranger Dilemma

Morality Atheism Motivation

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Author: "Matt" at Well Spent Journey

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Where Have All The Bibles Gone?

Cultural Trends Faith Hardness of Heart

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-22

Author: Illustration Exchange

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The Law of Love

Legalism Love (Divine) Reconciliation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-19

Scripture: Galatians 5:14

Author: Illustration Exchange

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