IN ALL ERNESTNESS


Christians vs. The Real Jesus
October 2, 2007, 1:31 am
Filed under: life, ministry, religion

First of all, for all of my readers (that would be you, Debra) I will soon be taking a journey over to wordpress. Don’t fret though, I will let you know when the official “switch” has been thrown.

Now for my thoughts…

I am tired of “Christians”! There are probably some of you out there, especially those of you who are not Christians, who would agree. I know that mainstream TV and the majority of our society is.

The conversation came up as we were watching TV the other night and they showed a group of “Christian” teens who were a part of an abstinence group as being these wacko kids who ended up killing a classmate who was known to be a little “friendly” but was seeking to change her ways. All because they were all hypocrites hiding “sins” of their own that they didn’t want to get out or do away with.

The question was asked, “Why do they always make Christians look bad or crazy on TV?” The answer came from my bride, “Because they honestly see us that way, at least most people do.” I agree. I believe that “Christians” have been the reason society looks at Christianity, Jesus, and the church the way they do.

As Christians we are to be “little Christs” if you will; we are to portray and share Christ to those around us. We have done a poor job of this. “Christianity” has become nothing more than another world religion and the Christ being displayed isn’t the Christ I find in the Bible.

This would bring us to a question that I have been toying around with in my mind for a little while now…

Who is Jesus really? Or should I say, who is the real Jesus?

I think this is important…no, vital that we know this as we are to be Christ to those around us.

I want to just point out a few things as we could go on for a while looking at the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

When we find Jesus we don’t find Him saying one thing a doing another. He was true through and through. Even when He was alone and being tempted He remained true. (Matthew 4:1-11)

When we find Jesus He isn’t condemning others for their sins, He was forgiving and restoring them. (John 8:1-11)

When we find Jesus He isn’t turned off or annoyed by the hungry, nor did He turn them away. We find Him feeding them and having compassion on them. (Mark 8:1-8)

We don’t find Jesus hiding within the walls of the synagogue or only hanging out with his “Holy Huddle”. We find Him eating and fellowshipping with sinners, meeting them where they are, and ministering to them. (Luke 19:1-10)

He wasn’t hating others and shunning them for who they were or what they have done. He sought those out to show them love and help them. (John 4:4-26)

Anyway, I could go on and on. We only have scratched the surface of who Jesus was and what He was really like. I also only gave you 1 example from Scripture on each point I made and there are in fact numerous examples for each.

My intent wasn’t to tell you what to do or to give you an in depth study on the real person of Jesus Christ. My intent was to challenge you to look at who the real Jesus was, look at His teachings, and look at the examples of His life (I encourage you to do your own in depth study of the real Jesus) and then take a hard look at your own life and see if the Jesus you are portraying is truly the real Jesus…

Luke 9:56, “For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”

Mark 12:29-31, “Jesus answered, The first is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God, the Lord is one: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. The second is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

There is a story about Alexander the Great that tells of how cruel he could be. He had his brother and several leaders in his army killed on the grounds of treason. If you were fighting for Alexander the Great and happened to flee in the middle of battle you were considered guilty of treason and brought before ATG and executed. One day there was a young soldier who in the middle of battle was filled with fear and fled the battlefield. He was caught and brought before ATG to be executed. Before they executed him ATG asked him to step forward. “What is your name son?” ATG asked. With fear and a quiver in his voice the boy answered, “Alexander, sir.”
There was silence and eventually ATG spoke up and did something he never had done before…”Alexander? Well today I am going to let you go but on 1 condition…you either change your name or live up to it!”

Think about it CHRISTian

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8 Comments so far
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You really make me think – about myself – my life. I think I could do lots more – I think I don’t. These are good words.

Comment by judy works

i love you.

as you follow him…i will follow you. together.

Comment by Debra

saving this for a later quiet time. Good good stuff. We miss you guys and are praying for ya.

Comment by jen

I’m glad that Debra sent us over to your blog….I am passing this along. Very good and very thought provoking. I’m going to read it again and really seek after Him and find where I fail and what I need to work on. We really do want to be like Him, don’t we?!

Thank you for the challenge and the reality check.

Comment by Fran

hey…i read your blog… why am i not counted in “your readers?” c’mon! dude, great thoughts… christians are made fun of on TV because that’s really how the majority of Christians come across! cheesy, lame, and easy-to-make-fun-of.

Comment by Aaron Ivey

Dan Kimball has a book titled “They love Jesus, just not the Church” However it is important to realize that the ‘Jesus’ they love is not the Jesus we worship.

True, some Christians are morons. However that does not make me run away from being a Christian. Bon Jovi said “you give love a bad name” however that doesn’t mean we run away from love. Just because some fathers hide their lust, porn, addictions, and etc doesn’t make me not want to be a father. Rather it makes me want to be the very best one!

I’ll be the first to admit that Christians get made fun of. I won’t be the first to admit that I’m part of the problem.

Comment by Robert Conn

That would be the point, it should drive us to be better Christians. The quotations around the word Christian were there to emphasize that it is not all Christians. We are each personally responsible for our testimonies as Christians and to truly be like Christ you need to know who and how the real Christ was.

Comment by Ernest

ernest – thanks for finding my blog and im glad you did, because i like what u write. im pissed at aaron for not telling me about your blog sooner. im here now…so i wont be too mad at him.

great thoughts on all of this. ive been dealing with this alot lately. i just finished reading the irresistible revolution by shane claiborne and it has turned my world upside down. it deals with everything you are talking about. if you havent read it yet…you need to get it.

as for christians being made fun of…its beacuse we do it to ourselves. for examples: jesus got r done shirts; testamint candy; tbn (i could end here); tracs on urinals; tracs in toilet paper; tracs on bathroom sink; did i mention tbn already? these are just a few…oh i forgot the wonderful invention we call church billboards & all they have to say.

thanks for the thoughts man…look forward to reading your stuff

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