I received the following chain e-mail yesterday from someone I know:
The Lord has a way of revealing those of us who really know him, and those that don't! Think about it! Kerry gave a big speech last week about how his faith is so "important" to him. In this attempt to convince the American people that we should consider him for president, he announced that his favorite Bible verse is John 16:3. Of course the speech writer meant John 3:16, but nobody in the Kerry camp was familiar enough with scripture to catch the error. And do you know what John 16:3 says?
John 16:3 says; "They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me."
The Spirit works in strange ways. Pass it on and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!
It sounded awfully familar to me. So I thought, "Either Gore and Kerry have the same speechwriter, or this is bogus!" So I went back and checked, and sure enough, another friend of mine had sent me the exact same e-mail before the 2000 presidential election...but back then, the name "Kerry" was substituted for "Gore"!! That made me go "HMMMMMM!!!!!!", just like the e-mail's subject header said!! So then I found the following webpage on a site about urban legends: http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_kerry_john_3_16.htm. Turns out that neither Gore nor Kerry had ever said it. As a matter of fact, President Bush has recently been accused of stating the exact same quote, but he didn't say it either. But do you know who REALLY said the quote? It was Bush's father, the FIRST President Bush, speaking at a religious broadcasters' conference in 1990!
So anyway, I made sure that everyone got filled in on the truth, including the dude who sent me the letter four years ago, the dude that sent me the letter yesterday, and all the other people the dude from yesterday sent the letter to. I mean, if people like one political party or the other, that's fine, but when they start making up bad stuff about the politicians from the other party using God's Name, and then forward chain e-mails that state those lies without checking their facts first, that's not very nice.
So, as the e-mail stated, the Spirit really DOES work in strange ways! ;-)