From the December, 2004 issue of Touchstone
Meet Your Mocker by Frederica Mathewes-Green

Meet Your Mocker

Frederica Mathewes-Green on Ridicule, Rebuke & Responsibility

Recently a friend drew my attention to an exchange of letters between a mid-twentieth-century novelist and a lady. The lady thought the novelist was naughty and proceeded to lecture him about the unseemly content of his books. The novelist—and we can imagine bright, eager eyes over a mischievous grin—replied by thanking the woman profusely for rescuing him from error, and concluded by begging her to send a photo so he could see what true Christian charity looked like. A very satisfying put-down, in my friend’s opinion.

It got me thinking, though. For one thing, this wasn’t a fair fight. Your avera . . .


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