Why Jesus Wouldn’t Be A Good Christian Pt. 1

We as Americans are addicted to speed. We are addicted to success. We are addicted to our self-checkout lines, our drive-through eating, our cramming as many conversations and people into our lives as possible in each day. We are addicted to noise. We are addicted to walking fast. We are addicted to perfectionism. There is always more to do. Nothing is ever complete. I find myself guilty of this, at this moment. And, the sad thing is, there are going to be people reading this saying “What’s wrong with what this kid is saying?”

If you read the Gospels. you see the writers make statements like “he withdrew into wilderness”, “he went to pray”. For Jesus, there was an active submission to slowing down. He understood that slowing down meant praying, resting, breathing and experiencing his own humanity, he learned to submit to what was. We as Americans are not very good at submitting to what is. It’s why many of us end up freaking out after years of working 60 hours a week. It’s why many of us can’t seem to get over our problems of depression and anxiety. It’s also why many of us can’t sleep at night because we have restless thoughts. We cannot submit to what is. And, we cannot submit to what is, we can’t find the omnipresent God. Thomas Keating writes about the omnipresent God like this “God just is, without any limitation. And, the way to connect with this “Is-ness” is to just be.”

This was the beauty of Jesus. He was able to be, with anyone, at any time, in any circumstance. He was able to be, both God and human with everyone. He was able to bear both the joy and pain of human beings. He was able to love everyone, in passionate celebration or in truthful rebuke. He wasn’t preoccupied with any agenda that wasn’t filled with loving, healing and giving of himself. He sustained this by being present to what was. He wasn’t a control freak. You don’t get whiny commands from him like “If you don’t repent, I am the son of the big guy upstairs and he’ll zap your sorry behind.” This has been the tragedy of religion. Religion produces control freaks. And, the problem with control freaks is their inability to surrender to that “is-ness”.

Jesus made a lot of crazy statements. One of these statements was this “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” Stanley Hauerwas says this about Peacemakers-

“Peace takes time. Put even more strongly, peace creates time by its steadfast refusal to force the other to submit in the name of order. Peace is not a static state but an activity which requires constant attention and care. An activity by its very nature takes place over time. In fact, activity creates time, as we know how to characterize duration only by noting that we did this first, and then this second, and so on, until we’ve either gotten somewhere or accomplished this or that task. Sp peace is the process through which we make time our own rather than be determined by events over which, it is alleged, we have no control.”

In our crazy culture, if we don’t stop and make time, we can’t stop and make peace. No where in the Gospels do we see Jesus performing drive-by healings. Rather, he was patient with his disciples. He sat with the sick and the oppressed. He continued to expose and fight with the Pharisees. It all took time. The tragedy of our American Christianity, is that it still looks like America, fast. We want it now. Jesus was about making time for himself, making time for others and not forcing or controlling others into the kingdom but rather revealing the love, peace and grace that just is.

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8 thoughts on “Why Jesus Wouldn’t Be A Good Christian Pt. 1

  1. Matthew says:

    Fantastic post, man.

  2. Tina Nalley says:

    Love it!!! Can’t agree more.

  3. Jean-Marie says:

    Agreed.. Excellent post.

  4. Some how along the way Christianity lost spirituality. It because more about how to and what to believe than silence and being in contact with God within. Good post, hope people will read and understand.

  5. Seth says:

    There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he Hi Mike, Thanks for posting. I agree that Jesus calls Christians to slow down in the business of life. He wants us to sit at his feet and spend time with him as Mary did in Luke chapter 10. As you said, he also wants us to patient with other people. Thankfully God is so patient with us. But you mentioned Jesus doesn’t say repent or my Father will zap you, that’s not true. Jesus calls sinners to repentance and it’s urgent because we don’t know the day we’ll die. Jesus says in Luke 13:1-
    5 “There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

    ‘s not true. Jesus calls sinners to repentance. It says in Luke 13:1-5 “

  6. Seth says:

    Jesus didn’t come to this world to bring us an example of peace, he came to save sinners of which we all are. Jesus tells us he did not come to bring peace. Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

  7. cevon says:

    Thank you for a great post.

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