The Church and culture seem to be butting heads more and more everyday and it is leaving some people scratching their heads in wonder. But on the other spectrum we have Facebook religion statuses stating that people are “Christians” yet they lead lives that are only a shell of that name. The gauntlet has been thrown down it seems, religion is now in the light of judgment so all may see and know! But is it?
It is amazing the culture we live in, where something like religion can take the place of those who actually are to blame… Amazing how we can use it as a get out of jail card. Could there be something more to this claim against religion? Could it be that not something but someone is to blame? Christianity is a confused haze in our society. It appears and the cry against religion seems to be the wet blanket over the fire. In the billowing smoke of chaos we often mistake the shadow of deception as truth. Are we as Christians to blame religion when it was man who created it in the first place? No… We cannot blame the weapon when it was the one handling the weapon who plunged it into the heart of the victim. One can only overcome the shadow of deception if one can get out of the smoke!
Christ calls us to be more than Facebook statuses, shells… He calls us to be like Him. To remove the blanket from the fire of Grace and Redemption… We talk of Christianity as a relationship yet we live in a society that has no understanding of how to make one last. We say we can understand God and be personal but yet we are too busy with our “lives”… Funny don’t you think? To be so personal without ever taking time to be with the person.
I call the modern Christian as “The Faithless Christian”. Christianity seems to be a car that professes that it can still run when it hasn’t had an engine or driver for years. God does not want a shiny Christian who promises the world (that is why He denied Satan). No, Jesus is too personal for promises, too personal for faithless people, too personal for even an out cry on religion. You see, Jesus wants the person: any person who calls to Him, any person who denies himself and the cry for a fallen humanity. It’s not our call to act the victim, it’s our call to join the victim. He was the one who built the fire of Grace and we were the ones who threw the wet blanket on it. He was stabbed by us and, yet, He cries out for us.
I think it is time for us to realize the true tragedy of our day and age… It’s not that religion caused all this death, it’s not that we continue to butt heads together… It’s that we aren’t on the side of the victim who is now the victor, the prisoner who is now the king and the man who is now God.
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