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Some Things God Can’t Stand

I can’t stand your trivial religious games:
Monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings—
meetings, meetings, meetings—I can’t stand one more!
Meetings for this, meetings for that. I hate them!
I’m sick of your religion, religion, religion,
while you go right on sinning.
When you put on your next prayer-performance,
I’ll be looking the other way.
No matter how long or loud or often you pray,
I’ll not be listening.

Is 1:13–15 The Message

Christian Advice for Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow is an American football player who is vocal about his faith. Here’s some advice I hope he reads.  **Please read all 8 before getting all upset at me**

Dear Tim Tebow,

Christians around the world would like to ask you to tone it down a little. Your everyday, all-day religion is freaking us out. We love God too, and want to be good people. But there is more to our lives than God. All of your Jesus-ness is making us uncomfortable.

Here is our advice.

First, Stop praying so often.

Most Christians don’t pray anymore. Praying is old school. If we do pray, we only pray before a meal or before bed. We really don’t expect them to work, and neither should you. It’s not like praying before everything you do helps or anything.

Second, Stop putting scripture on your eye paint.

Most Christians don’t read scripture anymore, and the scripture we do read makes no difference in our lives. Reading scripture is outdated. We want inspirational quotes. We don’t know what on earth all that 3:16 stuff means. Is that a page number?

Third, Stop working so hard.

Hard-work is not fun. Life should be easy. Hard-work is lame. Most Christians want to believe and receive. There is no room for work in our theology, and if we do work it certainly Isn’t going to be hard.

Fourth, Stop being so positive.

Can’t you find one thing in your life to complain about? Couldn’t you could whine a little about the pressure you’re under or the media’s constant scrutiny? Maybe, you could complain about how hard it is to live on “only” $11,000,000.

Fifth, Pass the blame.

You actually takes responsibility for his mistakes. What is that garbage? Tebow, please pass the blame. As Christians, we love to blame others for out short comings. Blame the defense, the referees, your coach, or maybe the devil himself. Take full credit for the wins, and zero for the losses. That’s how it’s done.

Sixth, Enjoy your life a little.

You are surrounded by beautiful women, and have enormous amounts of fame and money. Do your thing. I can’t think of a Christian I know who wouldn’t. Stop giving SO much to charity. It’s your money. Enjoy it. Buy a fleet of Lincoln’s or a gold sink or something.

Seventh, Stop talking about Jesus so much.

He’s not all at important to our faith. We don’t “deal with” Jesus anymore. We only need to focus on Him during Christmas and Easter. Remember, by talking about Him so much you are likely alienating other faiths. We don’t want that. We want unity.

8th, please ignore the first seven.

They are dumb ideas. Do you thing brother.

Maryters, Missionaries, and McDonald’s (The Cross or the Couch)

A Big Mac as served in Japan

Image via Wikipedia

I was reading about Youcef Nadarkhani who is being asked to recant his faith in Christ. He is facing possible execution though a Christian has not be Mayrtered in Iran since 1990. Still, he may die for his faith, and he is in jail. His faith is costing him and his family. It is dangerous for him to profess his faith in Christ. When the judged asked him to recant his faith in Christ, he replied, “I cannot.” These simple beautiful, and bold words made all the dirfference.He isn’t afraid, and he isn’t backing down. People around him are being strengthed by his faith.

Christians in most western countries don’t get this. We don’t know what it means to risk anything for Christ. In some towns, Christianity is the “in religion” You gain social, political, and business advantages by aligning yourself with Christ. It’s almost as if following Christ is a means of gain. This is not what Jesus taught. He said”Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23, NIV).

Do most Christians even know what that means? Are we giving up anything for the cause of Christ? Have we taken up our crosses or our we sitting on our couches?

I have been reading about people who have committed their lives to share the gospel in different nations. It costs something to share the gospel in another country. At the very least, you have to move. You have to live in a foreign land and be separated from your friends and family. St Francis Xavier (1506-1552) carried the gospel to the far east. It cost him much. Sure, he wasn’t perfect, but neither are you. And, neither am I. He left on this trip without even knowing the language. It is said by the time he reached the Far East. He spoke the language as well as one who was born there. He took a risk, and people came to Christ because of his action.

Many Christians are stuck in the rut of inaction. They refuse to do anything for Christ. They’ve been to McDonald’s more times in the past few years then they’ve shared Christ. I hold nothing against McDonald’s, but if you’re hungry for a Big Mac then you are to share your faith someone who is lost, your priorities are warped. Is your faith even real?

The line between faith and obedience is so thin it can cut to the deepest parts of our hearts.

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