Do You Know Him?
I don’t usually get into the political/social/religious arena, but today I’m tired, I’m hot, I’m stressed…and I’m exhausted. Exhausted by people who proclaim they are highly educated who criticize the way others think and believe. Exhausted by people who proclaim they are “Christian” but don’t have a clue who Christ really was. Exhausted by a society that looks out for me, me, me and then criticizes those who don’t embrace whatever the majority says they should embrace. If it’s all about “ME”…then what “I” do, think or believe shouldn’t matter. Leave me alone and I’ll leave you alone.
It all leaves me with a hole the size of Texas. Seriously. Seriously now. I have read this book twice – “So You Don’t Want to Go To Church Anymore” by Wayne Jacobsen and Dave Coleman (no relation to me…although I’ll claim him). Now I’m sure that some people will jump on me…just for the title. BUT it really has one question in there that I think is important.
“You really have no idea what Jesus was like, do you?”
The truth is…we really do have no idea what he was like. I live in a society that is Republican vs Democrat vs Libertarian vs whatever political ideology you hold. A society that divides based upon our religious beliefs, our socio-economic standing, even on which American Idol contestant we like. We the great UNITED STATES of AMERICA might as well call ourselves the Divided Dysfunctional Coalition of Pathetic Lifeforms…because really, that’s what we are.
I can understand those who want nothing to do with God, Jesus or any type of “higher” form. I cannot understand those who proclaim that they represent Jesus Christ and then say and do horrible things in his name.
Have you read what Jesus did….read his words…read what he came here for? He hated the religious order, the power of the governmental bodies, the social divisions more than anyone. He came here to set us free from that. And what do we do? We hold tightly to the very thing he came to free us from and proclaim it as his will. PATHETIC.
Jesus would have us give our lives for those we hate. We should not worry about what is ours and worry about how we might help one another. YES, that would mean we share one another’s burdens – be it paying for a medical bill, washing someone’s car, loving the gay couple or giving time to listen to a prostitute. Sin is sin is sin. BUT LOVE washes all that away. When you allow love to take over…nothing stays the same.
If we believe our faith, if we believe that Jesus really makes a difference, then our lives should start reflecting that. AT minimum, that should begin with showing respect for another person’s life and keeping our opinions about them to ourselves.
As the character quotes, “He wasted no time mocking others, nor their religious trappings.” He didn’t. And if we are truly to follow Him, we shouldn’t.
We need to stop destroying one another with our words. It’s the least we can do.