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I don't know what the issue is about a fellow Christian wishing to provide young people who might not be able to afford a surfboard the opportunity to try surfing and at the same time, perhaps lead them to know Christ.
Its pretty typical - i'm not surprised he's getting the reaction he is. The guy claims to be doing something righteous, spreading the word he strongly believes in and traveling around costs money so donations are welcome. Maybe he is, maybe he isn't. People who want no part in it (myself included) can't just leave it alone and say "thats not for me, I'll pass" they have to try and take him down by winning some sort of argument.
So, since surfing was and in some ways still is, a quasi-religion and therefore surfboards are the means by which that religion is practiced, how do you reconcile that as a Christian with the 1st and 2nd Commandments?
I noticed your question and that is a very good one. The apostle Paul dealt with something parallel in the early church when meats that were used in Pagan ceremonies were sold for cheap in the market afterward. The question came up, should a Christian be denied getting a decent piece of meat at a bargain because of his religious beliefs? The answer, in a nutshell, is no, unless it were to cause someone else to stumble in their beliefs/conscience, then, out of sacrificial love and concern for another, your would for go the meat for the sake of some one else. See Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 10:23-31 for the discourse. Basically, the Christian believer has great liberty, however, such liberty is to be used with a love and concern for others and not self. In the case of a surf board, I would think it has "no spiritual appraisal" to one who has put their faith in God. To the believer, it only becomes a problem if surfing were to steal a proper affection due God, or somehow hinder or distract a proper love and concern for their fellow man, or their responsibilities.
As far as some of the concern regarding the mix of surfing and religion, I appreciate the concern. Many bad things have been done in the name of religion, and many good things as well (i.e., the founding of hospitals, etc.). Likewise, can be said of good and bad things outside of religion. I suppose we'll have to take the good with the bad.
To the OP, if you are motivated by the stoke of love in your heart, then go for it.
You guys need to lighten up. If the guy wants to give out some boards and share his passion for Christ...why is that something to get hostile about? No one is being forced into anything as far as I can tell.
Am I missing something here? What does a tax status have to do with it? I thought the surf culture was all about being laid back and hang loose.
Guys lets sum this up in a nut shell. Most people in this world dont believe in anything, that is why people murder steal dont go to work take more than they give dont take care of there own health house car block beach and even kids. Anyone in my eyes trying to teach anyone anything is good.Even more power to them if they pass out a book talk about jeses or god. Teaching kids or youth in general is or only hope in trying to turn this country around and the fact of the matter is when you look at in all the biggest change that has changed over the years is the decline in peoples faith in general. If you can get someone anyone to believe in anything its going to better them and the people around them.
If you dont like what this guy has to say and you think you can do better do it. He isnt pushing you to pray or give him anything in reality his doing more then you are. Hes trying to help no matter what his under lying point is.
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