One of the things that finally drove me away from organized religion was the political side of it. Maybe the pastor was not the leader of this but he certainly didn’t try to contain it either. The politics of religion just poisoned me to it. So, when I came across the article from Red Letter Christians it got my immediate attention.
As my friend Tony Campolo likes to say, “Mixing Christianity up with a political party is like trying to mix ice-cream with horse manure. It doesn’t do much damage to the manure, but it sure messes up the ice-cream.”
Christianity becomes toxic when we lose track of Jesus….
We begin to see pastors talking more about their favorite candidate than their Savior. We begin to hear crowds chanting Trump or Hillary instead of Hosanna. We start to sing the praises of other names than the name above all names.
So I want to simply invite those of us who claim to be Christians to PAUSE. And to set our minds on Jesus.
When we lose our focus on Christ, we begin to talk a lot about stuff Jesus didn’t say much about, and we don’t talk much about the things Jesus had a whole lot to say about.
These are my feeling exactly! Too much politics and hypocrisy, too little Jesus.
I am going to borrow a phrase from my previous pastor which he received from his son who was a pastor before him. “Just give them Jesus”. The most stringent application of these words were probably from Thomas Jefferson’s Bible. He spent years making a bible around just the words of Jesus. He ignored all the rules that Paul invented and even the miracles that Jesus supposedly performed as not being germane to Christianity.
I have a copy of the Jefferson Bible on my computer and find myself reading it on a regular basis. To me it gives me pure ice-cream. It is amazing that I have been unable to find any religious denomination that even comes close to concentrating on the purity of Jesus’ words. Too many seem to concentrate more on the rules of St. Paul than on the words of Jesus. Too many invent totally unnecessary rules to live by that have nothing to do with Jesus’ words.
I am sad to say but I think there is just too much manure mixed with Christian ice-cream in too many places that take the mantel of Christianity.