Saturday, April 30, 2011

In the beginning...

How do you talk to someone who hates Christianity? 

Oh you thought I was talking about Richard Dawkins?  Good one rhetorical question.  I’m talking about Christians who hate Christianity.

There is a lot of self-hate that goes around modern Christian circles, like we need to continually apologize for the Crusades, and the Inquisition, and the witch burning, and the Holocaust (wait, that last one wasn’t our fault; people just associate us with anti-Semitism because of Mel Gibson.) But seriously?  What’s with the animosity amongst your own people Christians?  What’s a little witch burning among friends?

 I know God followers trying to be culturally sensitive by applying better business practices, as though it’s some mystery as to how the Word ever flourished to begin with.  Other people are subtracting all the negative bits from this thing called the Gospel, like this will somehow draw a bigger crowd.  You want a bigger crowd?  Build a waterpark.  People hate to be judged.  People hate justice as it applies to them.  But people love utopia…at least as it applies to the people they agree with.  So how do you rewrite God’s book so you can look better?

Grace.  Love.  Peace be to you.  Yes.  Who doesn’t love a little of that?  Forget the judgment homosexuals, utopia is in the God of love and peace.  Of course this would also include the radical fundamentalist who screams PG expletives at them.  Right?  Oh wait, God is only gracious to the good, practicing homosexual and not the good, practicing homophobe.  Or is it the other way around?  Okay now I’m confused author-I-will-not-name.  Who does God show grace to? 

What if sharing the Gospel was as easy as telling people the truth?  What if the truth was also a little difficult to hear and ultimately appreciate?  My blog is about that.  Of course the trick will always be in telling the truth without becoming obsessed with it.  Jesus is about the truth because he is the truth. 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

So that’s what I’m going to begin with.  The Word.