Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Why are Christians such jerks?
Because people are jerks.
And then they become Christians and become less of a jerk. And hopefully less of a jerk next year and the year after that and the year after that, as their minds are renewed.Actually, I think Christians are bigger jerks than regular people because we carry with us moral authority and then because we are people, we tend to use that authority like jerks. And I think that is a problem with the Christianity we are promulgating.
We proclaim a Christianity that is about all sorts of things, morality, feeling good about yourself, prosperity. But we never proclaim the Christianity that Jesus did - one of confession and humility.
If our faith starts on our knees confessing our sin then it is very difficult to be a jerk because the starting point of our faith is in our inability, not our ability.
It is possible, just possible, that the gospel we proclaim, or at least the portions of the gospel we proclaim are making the problem worse, not better.