This may be delayed, but I didn’t want to ruin the holiday spirit with yet another critical rant.
I think there’s something to be said about the state of modern Christianity when the larger scandal according to them, is a millionaire being suspended from his reality show for preaching absolute sin instead of the thousands of people without homes on Christmas.
Over two-thousand years ago, God humbled himself and came to Earth in the form of a baby to save the world. He preached love while dining with the unlovable. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, and raised the dead to life. When he died for those that killed him, he came back to tell everyone to live as he had lived and to share the good news that we are no longer dead to our sin, but alive in Christ. So why is it that thousands of years later, we are scolding those who are angry with the way they have been treated by us? We have lost our vision if we are so blinded by our fight to control the government instead of saving the governed.
Our mission isn’t to make Christianity known, but to make Christ known, and in the fight to put our fingerprints on everything, we have disgraced our Lord and taken Christ’s name in vain.
I believe we have shamed our Savior by making him appear to be a condemner instead of a liberator. I think if Jesus were here today, he would be reluctant to have his name linked with Christianity. I am sometimes embarrassed to call myself a Christian because people no longer associate me as someone who loves everyone, but rather someone who hates everyone not like me. And we all know that is the furthest from the truth.
Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT ashamed of the Gospel, but what I am ashamed of are some of the actions done in the name of “Christianity”. For example, there are far more passages and verses in the Bible about self-sacrifice and helping your neighbor than about homosexuality. Sexual sin (more specifically homosexual sin) has now somehow become a self-appointed mission for much of the Christian church. Much of the Christian church’s voice in politics is about homosexual sin yet when perverse priests take advantage of children or when deacons cheat on their spouses that is all kept hush and dealt with on the down low.
I think it’s time for us to get off of our pulpit and get to the nitty gritty, just as Jesus did. On the first Christmas, Christ was born where pigs ate and cows defecated and for the next thirty or so Christmases he spent his days not opening presents and feasting with his family, but rather putting others before himself and giving hope to people and the gift of eternal life. This is what Christmas is all about.