Christians are Idiots

Ok, not all of them.  The American ones.  Well, not all of them I suppose, but a whooooole lot of them.  But if I got your attention or got you angry, read on.

This has been building in me for a long time.  We Christians have our causes, but most of them are not even remotely related to Christ.  I’m not saying they’re bad, mind you – but I am saying they are somewhat meaningless. And I wonder if our passion for the gospel matches our passion for our causes.

Many Christians get all fired up over immigration.  “If those people want to live here, they should learn to speak english!”  I wonder if you know your bible they way that you expect them to know your language?

We love to rail against the users in society.  “If I need a drug test to get a job, then people should have to pass one to get welfare.”  Do you put the same performance tests on chronic users in the church?  Are you a consumer?

I’m not saying that these sentiments are necessarily bad.  I’m just wondering if we are consistent.

Secular culture is full of ideas that are contrary to the Christian faith.  (This should not be any great surprise – that’s why we call it secular!)  What is absolutely stunning to me though, is the degree to which we not only accept them, but actually embrace these ideas in our churches.

Some of should be evident to anyone with even a passing knowledge of Christianity.  The Twilight rage, for instance.  Isn’t it common sense that young girls should not offer their necks, their blood, and their virginity to older men?  Nope.  The church ladies love it.

Some of it should be plain to people versed in Christian doctrine.  “The Shack” comes to mind – a book written by a man who does not belong to a church and does not identify himself as a Christian.  A book full of fuzzy, Christian-sounding themes, yet poor theology at best.  A book that has nevertheless been embraced by the American church.  (I’m now realizing that I have never formally posted on this topic.  May have to do that soon.)

And finally, some of it looks and sounds Christian, but all that is required to determine its orthodoxy is to ask a few questions.  But do we?  Nope.

Enter Glenn Beck, and the topic that got me fired up today.  Nice enough guy, solid values, hard-worker, entrepreneur.  Heck, he’s even entertaining.  But how did he enter the church?  Is anyone even aware that he is a Mormon?  Mormons are nice people and all, but come on!  The guy is on a different team!  He does not believe what you believe!

I have enjoyed listening to his tirades as much as the next conservative.  I appreciate his national pride.  He even has some good business advice.  But now we’re looking to Mr. Beck for a rallying cry for Christianity.  Ummm…   HE ISN’T A CHRISTIAN!!  Any revival he initiates is not one you want to be part of!

People are posting links to tell others to “Join Glenn each morning for live prayer”.  What?!?!!  When did we start intermingling our faith with the other faiths of our nation?  Seems like I recall the children of Israel doing something like that a time or two and running into some problems over it.  But, I digress.

This post was inspired by a much better one by Dr. Russell Moore.  I highly recommend you read it.  Here are a few excerpts:

A Mormon television star stands in front of the Lincoln Memorial and calls American Christians to revival. …  The news media pronounces him the new leader of America’s Christian conservative movement, and a flock of America’s Christian conservatives have no problem with that.

If you’d told me that ten years ago, I would have assumed it was from the pages of an evangelical apocalyptic novel about the end-times. But it’s not. It’s from this week’s headlines. And it is a scandal.

American Christians have had to endure years of vacuous talk about undefined “revival” and “turning America back to God” that was less about anything uniquely Christian than about, at best, a generically theistic civil religion and, at worst, some partisan political movement.

Too often, and for too long, American “Christianity” has been a political agenda in search of a gospel useful enough to accommodate it.

Where there is no gospel, something else will fill the void: therapy, consumerism, racial or class resentment, utopian politics, crazy conspiracy theories … anything will do.

It’s sad to see so many Christians confusing Mormon politics or American nationalism with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Again – I recommend that you go and read his post in its entirety.  Lots of stuff to make you think.  Thanks to Dr. Moore for speaking up.  It seems few are interested in doing so these days.

When you’re done with his post, let your mind wander back to the American church – and to your church.  I’ll bet you won’t have to look far to find things that martyrs have died over, yet are acceptable today.

Hopefully, that won’t be acceptable to you.