This morning I stumbled upon this video on CNN’s Belief Blog. It appears I’m late to the party, because already it’s caused a circus of attention both passionately in favor of this man’s views…and those equally against. It’s a little over 4 minutes long. Click play and then we’ll talk.
So what’s your first response?
Today’s Christianity Today online magazine had a response that I found to be honest and full of grace, yet one which pushed a little harder on the doors that this video seems to be closing.
Is Jesus really against organized Christianity? Should we throw off even the use of that word? Are we to embrace a more bohemian version of loving Jesus? Should our worship be offered without walls and pulpits and pews?
Or is this man arguing something different? Is he merely shaking his fists at rules and self-righteousness?
I’m not a fan of making assumptions of others, so I won’t wager a guess. Regardless, I do applaud his art. I commend his passion. And I cheer his desire to proclaim it from the rooftops and tell of his own healing from addiction.
At the end of the day, for Christians, Jesus-Lovers, and Christ-Followers alike, we would do well to consider author Glenn Stanton’s words
“We must come to terms that if the question is “What do you think Christianity should be like?” your answer doesn’t really matter. Sorry. It’s SO not about you. The question for every Christian is rather: What does our Lord desire?
May we do our Jesus-loving and Christ-following in such a way that the only question on the horizon is precisely that: What does our Lord desire?
I’d love to hear your response to the video below!