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What I Don’t Understand About Christianity

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I don’t understand how Jesus, who is the ultimate radical reformer, has been homogenized and made safe for the masses. I don’t understand how his followers have become synonymous with legalism, when his principle beef was with the legalists of his day. It’s hard to understand how th…
By Seth Barnes

I don’t understand how Jesus, who is the ultimate radical reformer, has been homogenized and made safe for the masses.

I don’t understand how his followers have become synonymous with legalism, when his principle beef was with the legalists of his day.

It’s hard to understand how this man who had few belongings and lived on the road is the man we worship in ever more elaborate sanctuaries.

I don’t understand how a man who said such inflammatory things about leaving family and friends has been homogenized into something as tepid as a 60 minute church service.

I struggle to find common ground with Christians who are playing it safe when Jesus described and walked on a narrow faith path that invited danger.

Our demographics don’t make sense to me. Jesus’ primary discipling relationships were men. The faith he walked out appealed to men, yet men make up just 25% of our churches. What has changed?

I don’t understand why Christians aren’t more fun. Jesus said he came eating and drinking and was criticized for it.

Why do people confuse this set of rules that has become Christianity with the man Jesus upon whom Christianity rises and falls?

Finally, how is it that we Christians are known for being a judgmental group of people when Jesus emphasized a life of grace and specifically told his followers to “judge not”?

Maybe that sounds judgmental to say all that. Please hear my heart – I don’t have it figured out. I’m just trying to look at Jesus and ask what he’d say about Christianity as we’re walking it out today. What do you think he’d say?

 

 

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