I sent this short simple letter to a guy on Kickstarter who was running a project that shamed the name of God and here is how it went.
- Conner Haines
Jan 9, 2015
Dear Mr. Roberts,
I am Conner and am 14 years old. I am alway finding new projects on kickstart so I was looking through some projects and I came across yours. I was greatly saddened by just the name of it. Anyway I decided to look into what it was all about. I was soon very concerns about your soul. You see I am a Christian and believe and know that indeed God Loves Dinosaurs.
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.(Genesis 1:24-25 ESV)
It saddens my heart to see that you have no respect for the one and only God. The Creator who formed you in your mothers womb. The LORD God that has sent his one and only Son to die for your sins if you only believe in him, confess your sins and repent of them you can become a child of Christ. Right now you are cursing God who will at the end of your life Judge you for every sin you have sinned. I know that this not easy to hear but I want to let you know that I am reaching out to you because I do not want to see you go to hell.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:13-14 ESV)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:16-21 ESV)
Your life could be turned upside down and you could be the most joyful man alive. With out Jesus Christ life is worthless. Sir I only want you to realize that one day you will be judged by the Creator of all living things, the One who knows every star by name, and the One who made you!
He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. (Psalm 147:4 ESV)
Your talents could be used to glorify God instead of men who one day will die and forget you. Please Sir I want you to know that there is hope, that there is a Holy God that you are sining against. We all mess up everyday, I mess up everyday, without Christ all the money, fame, food, KickStarter projects, and life all together is hopeless.
Please consider all this. It's not to late to cancel your KickStarter project. If you died today would you go to heaven? You never know when you will die it could be today and if you have not believed, confessed, and repented then you will be casted into hell for eternity. What are you living for? Are you living just to die and fade away or are you living to serve the amazing God?
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions I am in no way perfect but I do know that you need Jesus in your heart!
With deep heart felt concern!
- Doctor Popular
Jan 10, 2015
Hi Conner, thanks for your thoughtful message. It was so articulate that I had a hard time believing you are only 14. I checked out ConnersProjects.com and was blown away by how productive you've been. It's also really neat see doing a Kickstarter campaign for Believe, which sounds like such an awesome way to use your skills as a developer. I actually remember reading an article about you on the Huffington Post from 2 years ago. I appreciate that you took the time to write me, so I wanted to be sure to reply as best as I could.
My big goal with God Hates Dinosaurs is to bring a smile to strangers. I picked "God Hates Dinosaurs" as a title simply because it's so preposterous that I believed few would take it as a sincere belief. I like to think that folks will be confused by it at first, but then get a little giggle at it's absurdity. The title is also a reference to a hate group called the Westboro Baptist Church, who make signs that say things like "God Hates Fags" and protest at the funerals of US soldiers. Rather than trying to debate groups like the WBC or Jack Chick (the creator of Chick Tracts), I think it's more effective criticize their work through satire and having a laugh in the process.
I don't believe that showing up with a silly sign (whether it's "God Hates Fags" or "God Hates Marshmallows) will ever change someone's strongly held beliefs. Just as I don't think there's anything I could say to you to change your religious beliefs (and vice versa). In the end, all that matters is that we both are doing what we feel we can to brighten other people's lives and that we can chat with each other politely while having different opinions. I haven't encountered many folks who took offense to my sign, but I can say the few that I have were nowhere near as polite as you have been.
Since I haven't received any other critiques as thoughtful as yours, I hope you don't mind if I share it with my backers. I wouldn't edit it in any way and would include a link to your Kickstarter project, which is certainly the sort of project that I think deserves spotlighting. Or I could edit your name and project out, if you prefer. Thanks again for writing, it's very inspiring to see the work you are doing.
- Conner Haines
Jan 10, 2015
Hello Mr. Roberts,
Thank you very much for your reply! I still would like to to challenge you to read the Bible especially the book of John, if have not already! I would be more than glad to send you the Bible if you would like! You will be in my prayers daily, that you will soon find the Truth!
You have my permission to share my letter as long as no changes are made. (: I did notice one spelling mistake though, I said concerns instead of concerned you may change that.
Again please take in to consideration the Word of God!
Praying for you!
In Christ Alone,
After that here is what he shared on his project page.
I've had some pretty cool projects through the years, ranging from chiptune albums to missing invisible bicycle signs, but I can't think of any of them that have allowed me to connect with so many strangers in such intimate ways before. Usually, I'm nowhere close when people experience my art in the wild. While handing out books on Monday, I had one gentleman tell me about what it was like being openly gay in the military back when Don't Ask Don't Tell was introduced, "I'd come back to my barracks and find a new Chick Tract on my bed every night. They started appearing everywhere on the base."
One of the folks I've heard from is a really bright young kid named Conner Haines. Conner has been making apps since he was 11 (!!!) and is currently working on a Kickstarter project of his own that helps make games and apps for terminally ill children (I've posted the video for that below). He wrote to tell me about concerns he has for my project and soul. With his permission I've posted his full email and my reply. As much as we might not agree with each other, I think it's great that we were able to discuss our criticisms with each other so civilly.
Our two messages where posted here.
- Frank Thames on January 12What Tim said.
Doc, you are a nicer fellow than I.
- tim elliott on January 11Doc: Nice of you to pass that along. The trouble I have with 'Christians' is they have no sense of humor and everything becomes about them and their beliefs. Having seen those little tracts 'Bad Bob' et.al I immediately picked up on what you were doing and therefor supported it. For this 14 year old kid and his narrrow worldview to tell you to drop your Kickstarter is nothing short of arrogant, and may I say not very Christian of him. Sorry, I rarely vent, but that was just annoying.
- Frank Thames on January 12What Tim said.