When you like Jesus but not his followers - Christians
I read this article from Relevant Magazine online this week and it's an old conversation but one that keeps coming up. And i think i agree with the primary krux of the article although i didn't like the tone. I'll explain, but here is a link to the article...
So the article surrounds the lead dude from Mumford and Sons (a band i really dig) saying he likes Jesus but not the church or Christians. Nothing new right, i mean check out Dan Kimball's 2007 book and a dozen other articles and conversations i've read since i was in college. But the fact that the writer of this article acts like it's a new fad isn't the most annoying part of the conversation to me, the attitude and tone is what really what put me on edge.
If we were honest, us self-proclaimed Christians would have to admit there is tons of junk and labels that come with the territory. If you want to be really screwed add the title pastor to that. Try to have a conversation with the gay guy at the coffee shop or bar after you tell them you're a Christian pastor. So yea, i understand where Marcus Mumford is coming from. Part of me wants to join him. My hope would be that as Christians we would own up to our shit. Admit in the name of Jesus the Church has done some pretty horrible things and discriminated against a lot of people, we've used the Lords name in vain quite a bit.
Don Miller in his book Blue Like Jazz comes to terms with this and he and his friends set up a confessional booth. But instead of taking confessions they give them, on behalf of Christians. This is the postures i think we, the Church, the body of Christ and dare we say, us Christians must have.
Overall i like this article, it said some good stuff and it did own up to some of the Christian baggage we have but for me, i just want to make sure that when i fight for a label like Christian i take a posture that redefines it instead of supports the notions lots of people already have.
James chp 1 says some important things about this... here is verses 26-27
26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tonguesdeceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.