Day 20 Write 31 Days: Stop Ruining Jesus for Everyone.
I guess this isn’t really a “Stuff I Wish You’d Quit Saying…” and more “stuff you gotta stop believing.”
Since before the dawn of the Saturday Night Live Church Lady, probably since the very first church lady sat her pious polyester covered butt down on an oak pew, humankind has been jacking up Jesus for the rest of us. Her prim judgmental lips spoke volumes, either by actively speaking something stupid or telepathically leading us to believe we were less than. Unfortunately, she is probably not reading this. From way up on her high horse she wouldn’t listen anyway, or share her caramel apple strudel recipe.
Her victims are people like myself, who assumed she knew something or Someone higher up than I could ever achieve that granted her the authority to be a colossal jerk and that it was somehow ordained by her holier than though attitude.
Yesterday I posted on chronic illness, a commentator said that one such church lady, an apparently, “anointed” parishioner told the reader that she had been encouraged by God to “repent on your behalf for your terrible attitude.”
I woke my kids up laughing. Of all the stupid things I have heard, this is award winning. Luckily the reader acknowledged it as such. It isn’t even passive aggressive, it is just wicked aggressive, and it certainly isn’t from God.
People who say stuff like this… they are just maddening.
Here is what we are missing out on friends: JESUS DIED, JESUS ROSE AGAIN, JESUS FULFILLED THE LAW, SET US APART AS SAVED, AND WE ARE FREE FROM CONDEMNATION.
Yes, I know, you know that. But we aren’t living out our inheritance. We are still under the old covenant. A little Moses plus a little Jesus and all we have to do now is…XYZ.. And we are constantly trying to figure out what to do to overcome that which Jesus bound up and cast into hell that monumental day on Calvary. For me, it’s been the pompous who have made me doubt who He is and what He did. Now that I am embracing it I want to shout from the rooftops:
Take back your authority!
Take back you sonship!
Take back the belief you can’t stand up and call stupid people, well… stupid! And don’t tell me, “Christians don’t talk like that.”
THEY DO TOO!
We, the kind-hearted and politically correct have every right stand up to spiritual bullying. And I am not talking about the tale as mentioned above; that story was just the catalyst for where I wanted to go with this. I am weary of being told I am doing my relationship with Jesus wrong.
No one can assume they know where or how you are supposed to be doing a relationship with Jesus. HE IS A PERSONAL JESUS. Furthermore, relationship is private. You can’t shove in and “Repent on someone’s behalf” or insist “God told me that you are…” I propose the mere notion is nothing short of witchcraft.
Pause – and all the high and mighty “GASP!”
“I made a voodoo doll of you. I know you are drinking margaritas for breakfast, taking the Lord’s name in vain, and listening to Justin Timberlake… I am taking you to church with me every Sunday.”
Oh how generous of you! While you’re at it could you please get me baptized and pick me up a gallon of milk and a box of wine on your way home? Thanks shoog!
And we can all have a good laugh and holler “AMEN!” as we cruise through these 31 Days of stupid stuff said, but the truth is… we have to stop getting kicked around. And we have to let Jesus be Jesus.
The words that are freaking us out and stressing us out are the key words that should roll right off of us as believers in the Son of Man.
And yes, I am talking to myself.
The other day when I put up the Joel Osteen post, I wrestled with God about it. I prayed and paced. The fact is I knew it was going to be a butt-kicking.
There were those who respectfully objected.
There were those who lost their ever loving minds.
But the story behind the story? That was the point. Why do we feel like we have to FIX every Christian? Why don’t we trust Jesus to show up and be fully Jesus and do what He is going to do? What are we afraid of? And why are we afraid if we believe in Jesus? My friend who spent five years in federal prison credits Pastor Osteen with her acceptance of the Grace Salvation message; now she is a Methodist minister. Jesus stayed with her and He uses her in the restoration of the broken. Who are any of us to assume that Jesus isn’t fully cognizant of every hair on our heads? And I get on my face and pray before I post, I had the green light, and He will do what He will with it, and guess what? I trust Him to do so.
The people that have hurt me the most in the work of religiosity are people I allowed to have more authority than they should have ever been permitted. Jesus died for me so that I could be free from the nonsense and intensely, nasty, high-church fallacies that any single person might be closer to Him or more in tune with Him than me.
Lies that manifest damage between me and MY GOD.
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Still, I have coddled my low self-esteem and questioned my walk, and those factors kept me from saying, “NOPE! You are wrong. Jesus loves me and is acutely aware of what I need and how I will get there. He and I are doing things that are none of your concern.”
Here is where we meet the droves of folks running from the church like it is on fire. We have allowed the pious make us believe that Jesus is something we must work for, rather than the someone who accomplished the work and invites us now as friends.
He offers us peace.
We choose to be humiliated.
He offers us freedom.
We choose to be condemned.
He offers us forgiveness.
We choose to rehash and repent and reinvent what WE HAVE TO DO to compensate.
He fixed it all.
The Blood worked.
Yet we shy behind our shortcomings, focus on our sin, dwell on our self… and allow those who have UTTERLY missed the point to reinforce the gobbledygook.
No doubt we will meet up with Sister Butthead when we knock on Heaven’s door. She accepted Jesus as her Savior, the Blood worked for her too. However, the biggest difference when we meet up? She will have missed out on that which I refuse to miss another day of.
Bought for me on Calvary.
This is the essence of my faith, the keys to the Kingdom and the fullness of my Jesus.
Grace gospel – free from my sins, right with Jesus, right about Jesus, right where I need to be.
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May your floors be sticky and your calling ordained. Love, Jami
Romans 3:20-24 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law, we become conscious of our sin.
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
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