Response to Adam’s blog.
I ate lunch with my pastor yesterday. We were talking about something similar to this site. I said, “Some people tend to see Christianity as a social club that they wouldn’t want to be a part of.”
My pastor quickly replied: “I can relate to that.”
Unfortunately this site seems to be the reaction of those who have seen vocal Christians leave lifestyles other than what they advocated. It’s a hard thing to think about: I’ve known several strong, vocal Christians who have ended up living a blatantly carnal lifestyle who at one point, or worse, at the same point, condemned that behavior in others.
One of the basic tenants of Christianity is that humans are depraved beings. We admit that we, of ourselves, are not capable of God’s standard. The self-righteous people who label themselves as Christians likely do not understand their own position, nor the humility that comes from accepting grace.
The truth is it’s easy to point out homosexuals and murderers, but harder to do it when you realize you own the same defect, and you need the exact same grace.
Christianity is about Jesus. The social club clique of some churchs has moved the focus of our faith away from Jesus, and made an easy game of saying: look at this person – look what he says and then does – now generalize this to Christianity.
My favorite quote from Jay Kessler is “If you follow anyone long enough they will disappoint you. But the more you follow Jesus, the more marvelous he gets.”
Revelation 12:10-12 (NIV)
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ.
For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”