Have you ever sat through a sermon that seemed more like a reading from a self-help book than a proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Have you ever wondered how in the heck God’s lovely bride turned all wishy-washy new-age and lost her shimmer?
Do you ever stare at disbelief that so many people who turn Jesus into a therapist with a multiple psychology degrees?
I’ve noticed this trend recently – and I’m not going to denounce it. I hope you saw right through my intro because it seemed uncharacteristically snarky and condescending and thought “this can’t be Charlie, he’s not this much of a jerk.” I hope.
I’m sure that somewhere in the blogosphere you can read all sorts of rantings about churches not simply preaching the cold-hard truth Bible but instead turning the gospel into emotional mush.
Maybe it’s my work in a therapeutic field – but I see every day how our culture encourages people to have poor emotional health – and when I see Jesus I see a Savior who pulls people out of the mud. Often its their own mud they initially, albeit blindly, plopped themselves into. I think when I first began experiencing church services sounding like group therapy sessions I was skeptical, but now I see why we need this.
But not only does Jesus walk, he heals and he sets free. We sing about loosing the chains of our sins, but this is not exhaustive of all the chains we are often locked in. And I think Jesus is in the business of entering into darkness along with people so that they can find the light again.
He doesn’t just set people from the technicolors issue – like sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. The problem with hundreds of dramatic conversion stories is the lie that healing comes at a snap of a finger. Especially when it comes to our deep scars and baggage, healing is slow, like a tree grows from a seed.
Didn’t Jesus mention seeds once or twice?
Have you noticed the emo trend? Where does it go wrong and what does it get oh so right? Has God healed any of your emotional trauma?