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By Paul Proctor

October 31, 2007

In a recent Associated Press article titled, 'Church Organizes Support For Britney,' the senior minister at Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, an affiliate of the Willow Creek Association, has reportedly asked the members of his congregation to each write troubled pop star, Britney Spears, a love note - this in response to her alleged drug and alcohol related problems, hedonistic lifestyle and ongoing custody battle with ex-husband, Kevin Federline:

"Take a few minutes and write a note to Britney Spears," pastor John [sic] Weece said in a sermon and in a blog on the church Web site. "No preaching. No criticizing. Just love. As a church, let's love Britney the way Jesus loves her."

How many lost souls throughout history would you estimate died knowing Jesus loved them� hundreds� thousands� tens of thousands? Millions maybe? Do you think Judas Iscariot knew Jesus loved him when he supped with Him in the Upper Room, betrayed Him with a kiss in the Garden of Gethsemane and hung himself in the "field of blood?"

Is that really Pastor Weece's only objective here - to make sure Britney feels loved? Is this his gospel message to her and those like her: "Jesus loves you and so do we?" If he cares so much about the controversial pop star and her place in eternity, why doesn't he do as the Lord Himself did - as John the Baptist and those of the early church did, and call on her to repent - warning her in a compassionate way about the everlasting consequences of her actions? (Matthew 3:2, Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:15, Acts 2:38)

Did the Apostle Paul tell us in 1st Corinthians 1:18 that the power of God is found in love notes or did he write: "�the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God"?

And did he go on to say in verse 21 that it pleased God by the foolishness of love notes to save them that believe or was it again the "foolishness of preaching?"

If God's power and salvation come by preaching the cross, why then did Pastor Weece tell his flock "No preaching"? Or does he think a female pop music icon that French kisses Madonna on national television for all the world to see doesn't need to hear from the Word of God?

Cindy Willison, the church's director of communications was quoted as saying:

"This is an opportunity for us to reach out to someone who probably doesn't have a lot of people in her life that care for her as a person."

Apparently, Ms. Willison doesn't understand the concept of fan mail. The one thing celebrities generate more of than anything else, except maybe money and paparazzi, is mail. And, as hard as it may be for the dear folks at Southland Christian Church to accept, most of that mail amounts to love letters. People like Britney aren't just loved; they're worshipped - and that's the problem. In fact, many love, worship and adore celebrities, not just in spite of their bad behavior, but often, because of it. So, adding, "Jesus loves you" to that toxic mix, isn't really going to help, especially where drugs and alcohol are involved.

Furthermore, SCC members don't know her "as a person" any more than her fans do - and frankly, Britney's hard core followers probably know a lot more about her than do Pastor John and the benevolent brethren out in Lexington - making their love notes to her much more genuine, sincere and personal than anything choreographed congregants from SCC could write - or do they think that Britney doesn't hear "We love you" a hundred times a day, every day, day and night, everywhere she goes?

Why then is Southland Christian Church delivering a milquetoast message like this to Britney Spears? Could it be, this is what they were taught to do at Willow Creek, where nothing is more sacred than one's "felt needs" and self-esteem?

You see, real Christian love doesn't hide the wages of sin behind a half gospel; but fake Christian love tells the sinner what they want to hear to feel good about themselves and look good saying it.

And after all, is Jesus' love for Britney really in question here or is it more Britney's love for Jesus?

The only love letter that can help this young lady right now is the one from God Himself that begins with Genesis and ends with the Revelation.

"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine." - 2nd Timothy 4:2

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Paul Proctor, a rural resident of the Volunteer state and seasoned veteran of the country music industry, retired from showbiz in the late 1990's to dedicate himself to addressing important social issues from a distinctly biblical perspective. As a freelance writer and regular columnist for, he extols the wisdom and truths of scripture through commentary and insight on cultural trends and current events. His articles appear regularly on a variety of news and opinion sites across the internet and in print.

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And after all, is Jesus' love for Britney really in question here or is it more Britney's love for Jesus?