Tuesday, August 17, 2010

#181 Jim Elliot


Jim Elliot was an evangelical missionary to Ecuador who was killed by the tribe he tried to convert. He is now blisteringly famous within Christian culture for being a martyr of the faith.


Everyone in Christian culture knows that it was Jim Elliot who said "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose," and most have written it on the inside cover of their Bible at some point in their evangelical career. However, most of Christian culture can't name the other four missionaries who were killed along with Jim. They're Pete Best in this scenario, and Jim Elliot is Ringo.

5 comments:

Joel A. Shaver said...

'Course we were always a Nate Saint and George Harrison family. :-)

(Joel from church reading your backlog and glad it's here)

stephy said...

Nate Saint! The Pete Best of missionaries.

Lucie said...

If the other three widows had written books mentioning their husbands numerous times, and kept their original married names after marrying two more men, this would not be the case.

Danica Newton said...

Wait, Elizabeth Elliot married two other men??? I grew up being vaguely resentful of her because here was a standard I could never measure up to, but to which everyone insisted on comparing me.

Mr. Emerson said...

WTF does this quote even mean? It sounds like it should be profound, but upon analysis it's actually just word salad. What do these Christians hear when someone actually says this?