Before I go too deep here I wanted to say THANK GOD FOR A HUSBAND WHO IS A SOFTWARE ENGINEER!! I had horrible computer trouble this morning and he got me up and running in about 20 minutes. He’s a genius!!
Now to the deep stuff. Go get your boots. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
We “Christians” talk a lot of crap. We do. Many, many of us have been infected with the Christianese bug. And it is nothing short of a crying shame. A few examples:
- My sister’s boss talks so much Christian smack and lives it out so little in his business affairs that he looks like a major wussy boy and, even worse, a hypocrit. Thank God he hasn’t turned her off of her faith. Thank God she was already a solid believer before ever going to work for him.
- On another board I frequent, a person was nearly begging for an acceptable solution for the mountains of cards stacked against him. Out of nearly 130 responses to his questions, only FOUR people offered to actually HELP him. The rest of the commenters threw his way the most Christian Geek Speak that I have ever, ever, ever seen. It was so sadly pathetic that it would make an atheist laugh milk thru her nose while pointing at the screen saying, “that’s precisely what I’m talkin about right there”. How miserably he was failed and by none other than THE BODY OF CHRIST! I don’t recall anyone offering to pray for him. Maybe some did, but I was really, really disturbed by the amount of unthoughtful responses that I almost staggered. If I had been standing, I would have staggered.
- “Oh we should get together sometime”; “Let’s get our kids together for a play date”; “Give me your phone number so I can call you and we’ll get together”. I cannot tell you how many stupid times I have heard this from people who are almost complete strangers. It’s as if you cannot have a simple conversation with a Christian anymore with no strings attached. No hon, I wasn’t trying to “date” you. I just wanted you to know that I think your purse is cute, hair is cute, shoes are cute, dress is cute, or husband is cute (sike on that last one!!). But, ya know? Why does every conversation have to end with “call me sometime”?????? Don’t get me wrong. I love to have get-togethers. But I don’t compliment people so we can become best friends. It – Was – Just – A – Compliment. Sheesh. Say “thanks”, then walk away. Bye now. Or the best is when they have said this so many times that it becomes automatic and soon you’re hearing them greet people with “Hi I’m so-and-so, it’s nice to meet you, we should get together sometime”. ROFL!
My point is we need to BE REAL with ourselves, our God, and our community — even when our faith is weak and we are suffering — maybe ESPECIALLY then. Understand that a fake Christian is worse than an honest atheist. No one is going to want to become a Christian when “we” have such a reputation as being cheesy with our cheesy smiles, stupid lingo, and flighty airheaded demeanor. It’s weird. It is so super weird. I mean like would you like want to like hang out with like the like teenager of the like week for like a weekend? No!!!!!!!!!! Not that Christians say “like” a lot. But seriously. “Praise the Lord” and all that goody stuff every time the lights turn on when you flip the switch knowing full well you paid the bill on time anyway — that’s STRANGE to EVERYONE!!
God doesn’t need a cheerleading squad. He needs people to be themselves (He created you afterall) and to use their gifts (that He gave you anyway) to affect the lost and to encourage the found.
If someone is hungry, give them food. Don’t give them your best sermon or favorite Bible verse because it will have NO AFFECT on them. Guess what? They’re STILL HUNGRY!
If someone is naked, give them clothes. Don’t drive them by the mall and tell them all about the great sale at Macy’s during Christmas. What good does that do? Think about this. That’s how stupid it is for us to preach to someone who is shivering about how they should turn to Jesus. Show them Jesus. Then maybe you’ll have the opportunity to actually talk about Jesus.
If someone needs a hug, give them a hug. Be compassionate. Don’t push them down a flight of stairs. Duh!
Do you understand me here?
In simplest terms:
WALK THE TALK
BE THE BODY OF CHRIST
HELP YOUR FELLOW CHRISTIANS IN NEED
MEET THEIR NEEDS
Don’t just badger them with your most incredible capacity to spew out memorized Bible verses. It’s so ridiculous!
Old adage that is too true: