When I came across this post a while back it got my immediate attention as the topic is probably one of the primary reasons that more and more people are declaring themselves spiritual but not religious. There is just too much baggage attached to too many of our religious institutions today. Too many twist the words of Jesus to match their current view of the world.
It is kind of surprising that the author of the words above is a Baptists professor. Flat- Bible advocates, of which many Baptists are a part, believe that every word in the Bible comes directly from God and that no words found there are any more important than any others. For those who call themselves Christians but don’t think Christ’s words are of any particular value beyond the thousands of other people in that document is beyond comprehension to me.
Putting a particular, and often wrong-headed, spin on the Bible and particularly Jesus’ words totally turns my stomach. To take perhaps the most important words of Jesus and to twist them to take the focus off poor people is heresy as far as I am concerned. Almost as bad is to use the Bible to justify war, inequality, and exploitation. It is sad that so many famous Christian preachers have followed Jerry Falwell in that latter endeavor. The most disheartening is the son of Billy Graham who takes the words of his father and turns them on their head!
I know the words hypocrite are used a lot to describe Christians but that is far too often a very appropriate phrase. Yes, I am aware that there are many many Christians who, like me, cling to the words of Jesus but we are really shadow Christians. We don’t often enjoy the attention that the famous preachers have. But as far as I am concerned we are the real face of Christianity…. but far too many people don’t realize that fact…