You might be a stupid Christian if…

Posted: June 9, 2009 in Church, Crosspoint

Well, lookie-there:  I actually remembered my wordpress login.  In any event, I thought I’d try to start posting again in the hopes that maybe there’s someone out there just bored enough to read this stuff.  I’m apparently bored enough to write it 😉 .

Anyway, the “Stupid Christians” series we’ve been having at Crosspoint has been triggering all kinds of thoughts for me, mainly because we only covered 3 stupid behaviors:  Hypocrisy, Judgmentalism, and being “out of touch.”  (You can go to www.crosspointlive.tv if you want to view the sermons).  But I think this only scratches the tip of the iceberg of things that we do “wrong” as Christians.  In fact, I think the list could go on and on.  So, at the risk of inevitably offending everyone, I asked the question:  “Why not?”

Let me begin with a disclaimer:  This is intended to be part fun, part serious (like the series was).  In either case, we need to know how to take long, hard looks at ourselves and LAUGH at ourselves when necessary, then change ourselves for the better.  This won’t be trivial stuff, like “you might be a stupid Christian if you use the word ‘bromance’ in a blog post.”  (j/k, Jason). 

Another disclaimer:  This is not intended to offend or attack anyone personally (though – inevitably – we ALL do stupid things, so it will probably feel personal if we do it right).  Personal attacks against people will be rejected.  Knowing the rules, feel free to comment and add to it…

Anyway, on with the list:

1.  You might be a “stupid” Christian if:  You don’t get along with other people.

Division is one of the most INSANE things that occurs in the Body of Christ.  The reasons for the divisions are rampant and could make up “stupid Christian” lists in and of themselves:  Theology, personality differences, pew color preferences, gossip, you name it…  I have NEVER been involved in a church where division did not occur.  It’s in our nature (i.e., “sin”).  But we should do everything in our power to fight against division and KILL it when it rears its ugly head.

Shouldn’t Christians be known for their love for one another?  John 13:34-35:  “Love one another.  By this all men will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  Galatians 5:13:  Serve one another.  Romans 15:7:  Accept one another.  And on and on.

So, duh.  I don’t think this even needs a sermon.  It’s plain as day.  There are no excuses built in to it.  There are no, “Love one another, unless…” statements when it comes to the body of Christ.  We’re talking about a love that does not keep a record of wrongs (so that rules out the whole “look what they did to me” argument).  We’re talking about a love that continues loving EVEN WHEN THAT LOVE IS NOT RECIPROCATED.  (Yes, swallow that…if you disagree, look up “agape” and get back to me).  And yes, this even applies across theological, church-style, and – dare I say – barries of interpersonal history.  THAT is what separates the love of Christ from something shallow and not world-changing.  And changing the world begins with simply obeying the command “Love one another.”  So, get over it and get along.

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So there you go, comment… submit your own… I’ll copy your comments and re-post them if they’re really good…

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Comments
  1. Chris says:

    You might just be a stupid christian if someone sees how you act in the “real world”, outside of church, walks up to you and says…”dude, you should stop telling people you’re a christian”.
    Sometimes, people that can’t get the “world” out of their system (ever) go around claiming to be a christian when their life bears out the fact that they lead anything but Christlike lives.

  2. Anne says:

    Wow, You blogged.

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