No Wonder
Friday, February 11, 2011

 

“He is the image of the invisible God.”

 

It is a constant theme of mine that our problems are so large because our Christ is so small.  We have minimized Jesus in our nation, in our schools, in our homes, and oh so sadly in our churches.  We claim Jesus, only to obtain some of the benefits that preachers and grandmothers talk about: eternal life (which we usually define as going to heaven), forgiveness of sin, healing from health issues, prosperity, and even power.  But few churches preach the Jesus that is so compelling that we should love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  And because the Church does not teach that Jesus, the people in the pews (and those who don’t feel compelled to be in the pews) don’t even know that He exists.  It is no wonder that our problems are so large.

 

Gone is the Jesus who could rearrange the elements of the universe to convert water into well aged wine.  Because we no longer believe that story, we must contrive our own formulas of how things came to be.  Instead of looking at the evidence of a Creator in the creation around us we must invent a so very refutable theory about evolution.  But you see, Jesus by whom all the universe was created, combined creating organic elements where there were none with time (condensing decades of the aging  process into mere seconds) and turned water into wine.  And because we know longer believe that Jesus can do that, a recent survey showed that our children don’t believe that Jesus could operate a computer.  And if that survey reflects their attitude about Jesus, how in the world can we expect them to love Him with all their hearts, souls, minds, and strengths.  No wonder our problems are so large.

 

Gone is the Jesus who could calmly and firmly say, “Peace, be still,” and the winds and the waves obey the sound of His voice.  Because the Jesus who can command all the forces of nature by the sound of His voice is gone in our churches, how can we expect our children to withstand the academic arguments against God?  No wonder that such reliance is placed upon eroding government to solve all the problems facing us, for the real Jesus has been robbed from our churches and our seminaries.  And if He can’t be found there, when faithful mothers and grandmothers pass from the scene, how sparsely will the real Jesus be discovered in our land.  No wonder our problems are so large.

 

Gone is the Jesus who stood on the Mount of Transfiguration and displayed such power that even the disciples closest to Him “were terrified.”  And because the Holy Jesus has gone from our churches, we can make silly jokes about Him, we can ignore Him (unless we have a problem that government, doctors, lawyers, or CPA’s can’t solve) and feel free to not worship Him (and fire the preachers who insist we do).  No longer are we terrified to “fall into the hands of a Holy God.”  We are content to believe that if we are good (if our balance sheet tilts to good) that is sufficient.  No wonder our problems are so large.

 

Gone is the Jesus who saves us by grace.  The balance sheet is what saves us.  And because we believe that we are good enough to be saved (don’t murder, steal, or cheat on our spouse) we are good enough to get to heaven.  And we don’t think we need Jesus at all.   No wonder our problems are so large.

 Loving the Jesus who is portrayed today in our seminaries and churches with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strengths is virtually impossible.  There is nothing compelling enough about Him to make disciples.  And if you would like to argue that point, let me just ask, “Where then are the disciples?”  And because we don’t have disciples, our churches are dwindling, doors are closing, and the world has convinced 82% of our modern generation that Jesus, if He existed at all, is not worth living and dying for.  No wonder our problems are so large.  No wonder it is routine now to read that mass shootings occurred somewhere in the United States.  No wonder we read almost daily without fail that parents and step parents kidnap, rape and abuse their children.  No wonder we lose several politicians and public figures each year to corruption and sexual sin (it is interesting that today’s news claims the Governor of Montana called ethics legislation “frivolous”).  No wonder banks that cheat get bailouts from government and citizens who don’t pay the bill.  No wonder that divorce is rampant and we are raising over 40% of our children in single parent homes.  Our problems are so large because our Jesus is so small.

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