Something I hate about Christians
Yeah I know that is an alarming statement…
But there is something I hate about Christians. I hate the fact that we get so focused upon what we think defines being a follower of Jesus and in the mean time we totally miss the point.
Jesus seemed to despise this trait as well…
“Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” (Matthew 23:24)
The Pharisees were classic for making mountains out of mole hills and in the process killing the mole. I can hear us now…piling on the Pharisees. But in the words of the great Lee Corso, “not so fast my friend!”
Because we do the same thing…which is at the very crux of my hatred.
Now listen…I’m no supporter of homosexuality. Nor am I a supporter of any sin although I commit plenty of them. So I guess in that sense I am a supporter…but I digress.
Why is it that we get all hot and bothered about certain sins but we don’t give a rats (insert King James word for donkey here) about most other sins. When was the last time you heard anyone calling for a boycott of Starbucks because they promote gossip. I’ve never seen Christians complain about McDonalds’ aid in gluttony.
A few years back I got a letter from some wacko watch dog ministry asking our church to boycott the Harry Potter movie that was showing at the time. They were encouraging us to gather at the theatre with signs, wearing t-shirts that said, “Harry Potter is the devil (or something like that)” while handing out tracts that spoke of the love of God. What an amazing evangelistic campaign. I’m sure the credulous pastors and churches that jumped on that bandwagon saw incredible fruit from that effort in futility.
The whole thing reeks…it smells of hypocrisy and stupidity and it is one thing I hate about Christians and the Church. Yes I’m indebting myself as well. I’m a Christian…I pastor a church and I’m proud of both of those things.
Honestly though…aren’t there some things you can’t stand about those of us who claim to follow Jesus? We’re all flawed and messed up. That’s the bottom line really. Why are we calling for boycotts and picketing events while there is a log shooting out of our face?