I wonder what Jesus would have us do? A friend emailed me today and in it she said this. “I personally think the “health and wealth” gospel is one of the most unbiblical and non-Jesus thing I can think of….it was never how we were supposed to live…” It’s true isn’t it?
In the article I pasted above there’s a paragraph that talks about Jesus and how Evangelical’s love Him. It says “They do love him dearly. But not because of what he tried to teach humanity. Rather, Evangelicals love Jesus for what he does for them. Through his magical grace, and by shedding his precious blood, Jesus saves Evangelicals from everlasting torture in hell, and guarantees them a premium, luxury villa in heaven. For this, and this only, they love him. They can’t stop thanking him. And yet, as for Jesus himself — his core values of peace, his core teachings of social justice, his core commandments of goodwill — most Evangelicals seem to have nothing but disdain.”
We as believer’s have become really self absorbed. We can so easily defend our stances by twisting scriptures.
The article goes on to say that “In addition to such historical developments, there may very well simply be an underlying, all-too-human social-psychological process at root, one that probably plays itself out among all religious individuals: they see in their religion what they want to see, and deny or despise the rest. That is, religion is one big Rorschach test. People look at the content of their religious tradition — its teachings, its creeds, its prophet’s proclamations — and they basically pick and choose what suits their own secular outlook. They see in their faith what they want to see as they live their daily lives, and simultaneously ignore the rest. And as is the case for most White Evangelical Christians, what they are ignoring is actually the very heart and soul of Jesus’s message — a message that emphasizes sharing, not greed. Peace-making, not war-mongering. Love, not violence.
Of course, conservative Americans have every right to support corporate greed, militarism, gun possession, and the death penalty, and to oppose welfare, food stamps, health care for those in need, etc. — it is just strange and contradictory when they claim these positions as somehow “Christian.” They aren’t.”
What have you sacrificed for your faith? For your fellow man? Christ called us to sacrifice. James 1:26-27 says this:
26-27Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.
“It is perhaps one of the strangest, most dumb-founding ironies in contemporary American culture. Evangelical Christians, who most fiercely proclaim to have a personal relationship with Christ, who most confidently declare their belief that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, who go to church on a regular basis, pray daily, listen to Christian music, and place God and His Only Begotten Son at the center of their lives, are simultaneously the very people most likely to reject his teachings and despise his radical message.” – Taken from the article I posted above
Do you love Jesus? Are you a Christian? Perhaps God is challenging you to sacrifice for the first time. Perhaps He’s challenging you to sacrifice more. Perhaps you recognize as I do that I have really focused too much on accumulation and self. May this Lent be the beginning of better things for you and your community. Build the Kingdom of God and bless others with TRUE RELIGION (NIV uses this phrase in the James verse) Follow Christ’s teachings..All of them.