Evidently, my last post on this subject caused quite a stir. Plenty of you had some “choice” words for me. But, I’m afraid that you still just don’t get it.
My argument is that when you make fun of Christianity, at least know what you’re doing. Most often, people spend their time mocking comparatively inconsequential issues. They mock us for our cheesy music and movies, for issues about church and state, for our dress, or about our intolerance. Give me a break! These are like plastic soldiers compared with the US Marines. You go after Christianity’s followers for such petty concerns.
But if you really want to make fun of Christianity, let me give you some help. Christianity is far more messed up that you realize.
Let me explain.
Some of you tossed at me the classic “That-Guy-Who-Killed-Babies” argument. Have you heard this one? Indulge me for a moment. It goes like this, “There’s a guy who killed a baby every day of his life, with no punishment. On the last day of his life, he trusts Jesus and becomes a Christian. Surely you’re not saying that he is forgiven, are you?”
Like I said, you haven’t gone far enough. Christianity does not just say that this dude is forgiven, it goes further than that. A guy like this is not just forgiven, but rewarded. That’s messed up.
He’s not forgiven, but given riches: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us” (Ephesians 1:7-8).
He’s given the status of being a child of God, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16).
He turns him into one who is worthy to receive the inheritance of an heir of God, “And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). Can you think of anything more absurd than a sinner becoming an heir of God? Being put on par with Jesus?
Or what about that thief next to Jesus on the cross? He might have been murderer, maybe even a baby-killer. And what did Jesus say to him? “Today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). He got Paradise after a lifetime of sin and crime.
I could go on. But the more I list, the madder and madder you’ll get. The injustice of it all!
The absurdity and atrocity of Christianity is that any schmuck with sincere faith will be treated like royalty by God himself.
How can this be? Because Jesus became the schmuck first. “By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin” (Romans 8:3). Jesus became everything we are so that we might become everything that he is.
This madness is the result of God’s overwhelming and overpowering love for you. So unless you want his love for you to turn your life upside down, then you had better run like mad.
Run like mad and save yourself from Jesus; or stop, drop, and worship, and allow him to save you.
Here is the hope behind all of this offensive talk: the cross of Jesus is powerful enough to save you, whoever you are and whatever you’ve done.
Say to Jesus, “Take me, I’m yours.”