How do you view Christians and religious people? (ie. over-bearing, secluded, self-righteous know it alls with hyena laughs)September 23, 2008
Mark Driscoll on “religion” (17:23)
If there are any non-Christians out there, I would love to hear your thoughts about Christianity, religion, and boring old people who don’t listen to counter opinions too well. What are your feelings, thoughts, and experiences with Christians being too pushy, quick to talk and slow to listen, distant, and phony?
Please take a moment and write something (anything) in the comments below! I want to hear what YOU have to say.
Don Miller’s book ‘Blue Like Jazz’ has really been stirring my mind and heart on this topic lately. Especially because I’m involved with ministry at my college. I am beginning to see more clearly that there are weeds in the harvest field. There are many weeds of misconception and false notions that need to first be uprooted before anyone will approach Christ. Call it “re-approaching Christ”. The real Christ that is. Most churches and church people are phony and uninteresting. This is why the phrase “I love my church” is one of the most rare things ever uttered by human lips.
Blue Like Jazz pg. 123:
“You are confessing to me!” Jake said with a laugh.
“Yeah. We are confessing to you. I mean, I am confessing to you.”
“You’re serious.” His laugh turned to something of a straight face.
“There’s a lot. I will keep it short,” I started. “Jesus said to feed the poor and to heal the sick. I have never done very much about that. Jesus said to love those who persecute me. I tend to lash out, especially if I feel threatened, you know, if my ego gets threatened. Jesus did not mix His spirituality with politics. I grew up doing that. It got in the way of the centeral message of Christ. I know that was wrong, and I know that a lot of people will not listen to the words of Christ because people like me, who know Him, carry our own agendas into the conversation rather than just relaying the message Christ wanted to get across.”
And now I, Cameron, want to apologize too. I am sorry for being pushy with my beliefs and trying to get you to be like me in the snap of a finger. I am sorry that even though I present to you a gospel which says all are with sin, at the same time I hide in my sin and act like I’m above sin. I’m sorry for being too busy to be like Christ when I walk right past the hurting and needy. I’m sorry for being so demanding from you when Christ has every right to demand everything of me, yet has treated me specially instead. Once again, to all non-Christians, I want to say I am sorry.