Saturday, April 7, 2012
The Real Jesus
I read an article this week from Andrew Sullivan titled Christianity in Crisis. He put a different spin on the issue of Jesus, the Church, and the seeker. He thinks the church has gotten it wrong. We have forgotten the simple messages that Jesus tried to teach us. And, as a result, it has placed our faith and Christianity in crisis. Perhaps, the Easter season is a good time to take stock of our situation.
First, Jesus made it very clear that we are to put God first in all things. He said ultimately God is our Father, and we were made in his image. He said we are to love one another, but he also went on to make it clear that we are to also love our enemies and to forgive them. Ask yourself this question. Do we really do that in the Body of Christ?
A clear examination of the Gospels also indicates we are to give up our material wealth and follow him. Do we do that in our current materialistic and wealth-driven culture? When’s the last time you heard a sermon on that topic?
We need the real Jesus—not one that has become politicized or wrapped up and disguised as the American Dream personified.