Recently Bruxy Cavey (teaching pastor at The Meeting House) shared,
“Christianity – Jesus = Hate empowered Religion”
When I heard this, I had to write it down and reflect on it. The issue Bruxy is digging into is how we love people. It reminded me of something I was reading this past month – how easily people can shift to a form of Christianity which fully excludes the basic teachings of Jesus. It left me perplexed by the cultural and spiritual connection we hold to the term ‘Christian.’ How can a person call themselves Christian if they are taking Jesus out of Christianity and also overtly and outwardly deny His teaching? Bruxy summarizes it well in saying that taking Jesus out would result in hate-empowered religion. Some might look at this and get bent out of shape on the suggestion made, but consider a few passages:
“We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34)
Do we apply the principal of loving others or are we filled with the idea of “them vs. us?” Do we really understand the teachings of Jesus and apply them to the life we lead and our desire to follow Jesus?
Here is a unique approach to answering those questions. Read the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:3-11 and honestly react to the following questions:
-How does this change my attitude?
-Does my heart understand Jesus?
-How do we follow His teaching?
Once you have gone through the exercise, leave a note with your answers – I think you’ll be surprised by your own response.