The Dangers of Religion
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Mahatma Gandhi
Earlier today I was reading an article about actress Michelle Rodriguez (One of the main characters from The Fast and The Furious movie series). In the article, she said she grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness, and because of that, she grew up with a tainted view of Jesus and the church.
Many people think being a Christian is like being a salesperson. Nobody likes an annoying salesperson who shows up at your house, uninvited, and he wants to sell you something as fast as possible. Jesus didn’t come to earth to pass out flyers to try and get people to come to His church building.
He didn’t just talk about the love of God without giving people a supernatural encounter with His love. And lastly, He didn’t spend all of His time trying to gain followers. What Gandhi said sadly still applies today. Why are many Christians today not like Christ? It’s because we’ve forgotten how to be a friend of God.
We are Friends of Jesus
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you (John 15:15).” We’re not just servants, but we’re friends of God! Isn’t that amazing?! God doesn’t say to us, “Get up outta mah bizness!” No, He calls us His friends and tells us how to partner with Him in demonstrating His transformational love to the world!
As Christians, we’re no coworkers just slaving away obeying boring Christian rules, but we’re people who are so in love with Jesus that our obedience to Him flows from being in love with Him. We don’t work for God, we work with God! No one likes a manager who tells everybody what to do but doesn’t actually care about his employees.
The type of managers I’ve always liked are managers that make everything a group effort. Mature managers/leaders are men/women who empower their employees to become leaders instead of trying to control everything they do so that they can feel powerful. But Jesus is not our manager, He’s our friend!
Yeah, He’s still large and in charge, but how awesome is to know that we are God’s friends and not just His servants? When our obedience to God comes from a place of friendship, that’s when we become more like the Christ we worship.
Becoming More Like Our Christ
How in the world do we become more like our Christ? Do we need to stop doing all the bad things we’re doing and try to be perfect cookie cutter Christians? Do we need to stop partying so that we can become a priest or a nun? No! Well, you could become a nun if you want to. If that’s your thing, more power to you!
We’re not motivated by a striving for perfection, but we’re motivated by a severe imperfection in our world. Let me explain. Are you okay with Muslim husbands raping and beating their wives whenever they feel like it? Are you okay with Africans and Filipinos being imported to Dubai to work as slaves? I hope not!
God didn’t create us to be wimpy Christians who just go to church on Sundays, say “Amen” to a good preaching, and then continue living our boring lives trying to build a name for ourselves. We’re not alive to try to be perfect. We’re not alive to build a platform for ourselves. We’re not alive to make sure we’re safe and protected from all the bad people in the world. God made us so that we would lay down our lives for sake of this dying world.
It’s About Being Real
Being a Christian is not about trying to be good or trying to stay away from being bad. It’s about being passionate about changing the world. We’re not perfect and we’re all going to make mistakes. But the reason we strive to live a Holy life isn’t to try and impress people who don’t care anyway.
Ain’t nobody got time for that! The reason we want to live a Holy life is that we want to give broken people the hope Jesus brings. If we want to be more like Christ, we need to stop trying to be like everybody else, stop trying to be perfect, and we need to start moving toward becoming the version of ourselves that Jesus sees us as. Let’s just become more like Jesus by being real. Problem solved.
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