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Are We Pursuing Jesus or Throwing around Hipster Words?

14 Oct

Are We Pursuing Jesus or Throwing around Hipster Words?

I’ll be honest. Many of the people I meet who have supposedly been “freed” from fundamentalism (of the Protestant variety) are at least as judgmental as the people from whom they fled.

I hear a lot of talk about the love of Jesus–how Jesus looks on the heart. But these folks have often gone from being in a church that looks down on those who don’t wear suits to being in a church that looks down on those who don’t wear jeans. Big difference, huh?

Or they talk about grace and define it as grace that God extends to . . . wait for it . . . the people these folks personally like and find deserving of grace. Ummmm, wasn’t the whole point of grace that we don’t deserve it, none of us?

So as long as people are talking about leaving fundamentalism for some supposedly superior concept and then are setting up their churches to be every bit as judgmental as the ones they left, I am not buying the idea that there are any new movements out there that have not already been with us for the past 2000 years.

Sure, people and churches wax and wane in their love of Christ and of others. I think all of them do. And that is precisely the point.

We live and work among fallen people. Good thing, because we ourselves are fallen (that would be me!).

See Romans 7. Any questions?

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