What Would Jesus Think of Present-Day Christians? (Conclusion)

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What Would Jesus Think of Present-Day Christians? (Conclusion) – 13 July 2006

Jesus raised people from the dead; yet in John 14:12, He says:

12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father.

~ New American Standard Bible

Jesus wanted people to be compassionate. So what greater works can He be referring to than those of unlimited love, kindness, and compassion for all His creation?

As I’m writing this, I remember the cruelty expressed from the pulpit by “Christian” pastors. Years ago, Frank and I were enthusiastically looking forward to learning and growing in the Christian faith. We thought that we would find all the unconditional love and compassion that Jesus exemplified. We were sadly disappointed.

I’ll never forget the time when, in one of his sermons, one pastor told his listeners not to feel sorry for the poor, starving children of India! On another Sunday, this same man described with very obvious pleasure how good it felt to put his hands into the warm, bloody, opened carcass of a deer he had killed. Another hunter was so appalled by watching this pastor’s cruel method of killing turkeys, that it wasn’t long before he and his family left and joined another church.

Isn’t it time for many of those professing to be Christians to stop lying to themselves, face the truth, and clean up their act? How do they justify the blood-thirsty mindset that is spread from many pulpits? When they promote war, aren’t they stooping to the level of the enemy?

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had this to say about the enemy: (Matthew 5:43 and 44)

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’

44 But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you….”

Perhaps they should take the Beatitudes of Jesus to heart (Matthew 5). There is nothing there promoting the “macho” religion of so many who blaspheme His Name by claiming to be Christians.

5 Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Could this be the reason why these destroyers are trashing the earth while awaiting the “rapture” that they hope will whisk them away to eternal gloryJ? Less for the gentle to inherit! (A little curmudgeonly humor here!)

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [and daughters] of God.

10 Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

~ New American Standard Bible

Christians always want the blessings of God, but many fail to live in the mindset and lifestyle that bring about these blessings. In this way they unwittingly become their own and their families’ worst enemies, bringing upon themselves the very woes they fear.

And speaking of fear (the opposite of love, according to the Bible) have you noticed how fearful so many of them are? Their leaders use fear tactics to keep their “flocks” from straying and hearing the truth and, to their own detriment, the “flocks” support these leaders. Have you noticed how certain well-known preachers use scare tactics to predict scenarios that never materialize (false prophecy)? And every time, I say to myself, surely the followers see through this leader now and won’t fall for his fear mongering again! But they do; all over again!

Y2K was a well-publicized doomsday prediction promoted by well-known televangelists. And after the fearful followers spent their hard earned money on stockpiles of goods, did they learn their lesson? No; they keep falling for the same old ploys from their shameless, manipulating leaders. And if anyone attempts to tell them the truth, who do you think they’ll defend, and who will they attack? That’s right; kill the messenger!
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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