Your Blog Is Not a Christian: Thoughts on Church and Work

10 thoughts on “Your Blog Is Not a Christian: Thoughts on Church and Work”

  1. …yeah, but it’s so much easier to label stuff. It’s like we have the need to go around with our labelmaker that only has two options: Christian and Secular, slapping a label on all of culture, music, books, ideas, t-shirts, etc.

  2. Totally, Curtis. This false dichotomy gets us in a lot of trouble. The regression from Christian and secular to pure and unpure to right and wrong to us and them is all-too-present, unfortunately.

  3. At any given point in time, I am like Christ or unlike him; I either a friend or not; if I am a friend, I either behaving in a friend-like way or not; I’m either the real thing or not. Let’s say Agape Love were pure gold. Am I 24 Karat or am I 14 or am I not even an alloy, at any given point in time?

  4. the Christian, holy and good labels

    Here is an attempt to explain what I mean by my above comments. I think Joshua is right on in his above blog entitled ?Your Blog is Not Christian: Thoughts on Church and Work.? This response is general, not aimed at anyone, therefore it is not to put down the support and keen insights within this website.

    People _myself included_ put a matter of fact Christian label onto things, for example Contemporary Christian Music. And those labels infer that the entity is run by Christians and that those Christians are like Christ in some better than ordinary way. Like for example, it often seems that those in the Contemporary Christian Music industry consider themselves anointed and superior to, at least by virtue of their evangelical mission, than those in the R&B genre or any other secular genre in the music industry.

    The label Christian infers that the person or entity is ?like Christ? in character when, at points in time, this Christian in name or the persons representing the entity could be behaving in a manner that is significantly unlike Christ. Granted and obviously, a person will fall short of being Christ-like. And when a person soars in the Holy Spirit long enough, the easiest notion this person might subscribe to, the tendency, is to feel holier or more right than another or Christian while the other is less than holy and wrong.

    The point is not that a person cannot be like Christ. The point is that people are human and imperfect to the marrow. Therefore, to dub a person who is graced with much good character with a super-human label is inaccurate. I?ll explain. However, though my explanation is in Gospel terms, I believe this matter of extolling a person with a superior label or reducing a person with an inferior label is cross cultural, not just a matter within Christendom.

    The metaphor that I used in my above comment to Joshua of likening gold to goodness means that a person, their character and their behavior could be a manifestation of Godliness, that is the Love of God, in varying amounts of purity. It is possible that in a slice in time a person could have pure Godliness _as 24 Karat gold is pure_ in that the person is loving with this Love in utter sincerity. In another slice in time, the same person could be mostly Loving _as in 18 Karat gold_ or any degree of Loving _say 12 to 14 Karat gold_ or to the level of being not at all Loving. This metaphor helps me _sometimes in the arduous task_ to see the goodness, the Godliness, in a person whether they have a glowing and highly praised character or not.

    What I am essentially saying is that there is one Christian and that person is Jesus Christ. There is a strong human quality to view oneself as owning one?s goodness and having favorites and villains. It is enough for me to remember that God alone is the source who can be within me though is other than me providing the wherewithal to act with goodness. ?All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change? [James 1:17].

    Ascribing to and commenting on this concept, I do not expect people and entities to change from labeling themselves Christian. However, I do expect that God can and does raise up the rubble of the earth to manifest his goodness _even without the ?Christian? label. Using the music industry as an example, I would not want the world to be without the ministering of specific Contemporary Christian and Gospel musicians and their music. Neither am I na?ve to the point of believing that these genres are the exclusive modalities of music that God ministers through.

    Yes, Jesus said, ?follow me;? still, it seems that Jesus would not have wanted us to exalt ourselves with the titles ?Christian? and ?holy? and ?good? if for one reason alone. And this reason is this: in one Gospel account [Mark 10:18] Jesus said, ?no one is good but God alone.?

  5. Joshua,

    Early on just after becoming a Christian, and a college athlete, I was challenged with Colossians 3:17, 23 and now as a guy who continues to walk with Jesus, I continue in this mode of “whatever you do, GO FOR IT!” (my paraphrase).

    As a basketball coach, mission trip leader, discipler, and lover of souls, I am continually challenged and challenging others with this plea. I want to live life with no regrets. I want to be in reckless abandonment for all the things of the Kingdom.

    Your blog reminds me of Coke’s jingle “It’s the Real Thing”, and Nike’s “Just Do It”. The Kingdom is “real” and I’m going to continue doing the “stuff” as long as I live.

    Bless you brother.

    Kenny Sacht
    Boise, Idaho

  6. Great post! I appreciate what you have said. Having served as a youth pastor at three churches I totally understand the ease of slipping into the box where everything you do, everyone you know and everywhere you go neatly falls into the Christian category. Luckily now a few years later I understand that there is more to being a believer, especially a pastor, then being in that bubble. Thanks.

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