|The Ant and the Contact Lens|
(6/9/2003) Inspirational stories like this one are popular on the Internet because they make us think and appreciate the values we hold dear. Unfortunately, when they are presented as "true stories," we often accept them without question, causing any of a number of problems.
At first glance, this one appears to be the type of parable a preacher might use to teach his congregation to carry God's load without question. In that context, there are no reasons to believe the events actually happened or even could happen. But here we are told that this is a true story And even who the authors are.
Nonetheless, someone has taken credit for it and assures all doubters that it is, indeed, a true story. Elisabeth Elliot published The story above in her 1995 book, "Keep A Quiet Heart" (Servant Publications, Ann Arbor Michigan). She says the story is a first-person account given to her from Brenda Foltz of Princeton, Minnesota.
In this instance, false attribution is fairly harmless (except for the litany of unwanted phone calls and e-mails the Zaradona's get about it). However, consider what might happen should your name get attached to this one. Break this chain.
Category: General Junk