Wednesday, June 14, 2006

a facade

I thought this picture was hilarious. but isn't it so true of the way the church portrays Jesus? in my town at least it is. i had lunch with a good friend yesterday and we talked about how the Church has created this monster of people trying to be all perfect and clean, while it just makes people hide who they really are. we need to break the status quo and chad johnson, our high school pastor, did a great job of this on sunday. people are so surprised when i tell them about a recent interview i saw with katie couric and billy graham where rev. graham tells katie that he is a democrat. ahhh! he said that not many people know his political views because he didn't believe his personal views had anything to do with his ministry. powerful statement, one i wish some of these celebrities would heed. sean penn, sir, i don't really give a rip what you have to say. you are a decent actor, which basically means you can read some words and recite them with feeling, and that is it. please stop talking. wow! tangent. so, back to my point. check out these lyrics that are from derek webb's new songs called, "a king and a kingdom": "there are two great lies that i’ve heard: “the day you eat of the fruit of that tree, you will not surely die” and that Jesus Christ was a white, middle-class republican and if you wanna be saved you have to learn to be like Him" What seems to be extremes of good vs. evil has come together in our journey towards holiness. we are now taught that if we are christians then we need to sit up, clean up, vote republican, and be perfect. Brennan Manning talks about the "myth of conversion": "There is a myth flourishing in the church today that has caused incalculable harm--once converted, fully converted. in other words, once i accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, an irreversible, sinless future beckons. discipleship will be an untarnished success story; life will be an unbroken upward spiral toward holiness." not that we need to rebel against the church, but change it. from the inside out. we need to start the movement. it's going to be a rough road, but i'm tired of seeing the fallout of my brothers and sisters. "For by the grace given me i say to every one of you: do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you" -Romans 12:3


Anonymous said...

Right on! You are speaking right from my heart on this one!!

Ben said...

Wow! That's sooo true! Great post. Honestly I used to be a "how can you be a democrat and be a christian" type of dude. I've lightened up quite a bit as I've matured in my walk with Christ realizing that political views are just that...political views.

BTW - Glad I found your site.