Editors Note – The Dirty Christian are guest posts from our friends at www.thedirtychristian.com. Wesley Wood is not The Dirty Christian. He is the writer who is sharing the articles with Geeks Under Grace.
There are times when a Christian cliche sounds like a great idea. Why wouldn’t it make sense to wear a bracelet or necklace to remind you of “What Would Jesus Do”? When initially derived, the idea was where Christians who were in a circumstance where they had to make a hard choice, could look down at their bracelet and remember to make the right choice. Seems like a great idea doesn’t it?
So my question is, “how many people thought to themselves, what would Jesus really do”?
Christians today have done a wonderful job separating themselves from the rest of the world. We go to our churches, hang out with our Christian friends. We listen to Christian music, while reading Christian books and we go watch Christian movies. We have built a barricade around ourselves of Christian propaganda, tall enough to scare any secular giant away. When we ask others about their activities we wince inside when they respond with something that is unfamiliar and foreign to us.
We forget who we were. We have allowed ourselves to become forgetful and blinded by our own idea of God’s love for us that we no longer see the emptiness in those around us. We have created such a tall Christian wall to protect us from the big bad outside world that we have made ourselves irrelevant to anyone outside of our circles.
We have become Pharisees.
See, Jesus was killed because He was so radically different from the religious people of His day. He was hated because he was hanging out with people who the rest of the religious world considered trash. He was called a drunk and a sinner because he hung out with drunks and sinners. The religious people of His day wanted nothing to do with Him, yet the sinners were drawn to Him by the thousands. When I look around, that certainly is not how I see Christians portrayed in today’s culture.
When was the last time you were told that you were a great example of real Christianity (by a non-believer)?
Do people in your peer group confide in you because they see something within you that is different from everyone else?
Do you fit the mold of what religious society wants you to be, or do you challenge the idea of who Jesus is?
The world isn’t looking to be told that what they are doing or how they are living is wrong. They will get that from the radical “Christians” that stand outside of conventions and parades and condemn their sins. The world lumps the Westboro Baptist Church in with the rest of Christianity.
The Westboro Baptist Church!
That is who we are to most of society. How are we breaking stereotypes? Are we afraid to sit down with someone at a bar and have a drink and listen to their concerns? When was the last time you cordially chatted with someone who didn’t fit your mold?
We won’t bring people to know who Jesus really is, until we start treating people the way that Jesus treated people. We must not forget the emptiness that we once had, the times we laid down in bed at night and didn’t care whether we woke up or not. We must never forget the crippling fear of not knowing where we would open our eyes after death. Where would our first breath in eternity be taken?
It’s time to challenge the status-quo, to assess our view of who Jesus really is, and what He would Really do!