If you’re a teenager with your folks out of town for the weekend then you only have one choice: throw an epic party. However when planning this party you have many considerations: hide valuables, buy lots of cleaning supplies, and whatever you do please don’t invite the Christians from your school. They’re the party killers.
To most of the world this is the reputation we’ve earned. We rain on parades and are the messengers telling people that all of the stuff they’re doing is wrong.
We have become the watchdogs for our culture – ever adding to the hopelessly long list of sinful things in our world. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing – Christians stand for hope, love, holiness and a redeemed world so it would only make sense that we are aware of the depravity inhabiting the world and calling it into the light.
But we forget a few things in the process…
- Sex feels good. That’s why so many people are doing.
- Having a buzz feels good.
- Buying stuff feels good.
Pursuing earthly pleasures and treasures is all most people know because it is what they can touch, smell, see and hear. You can’t blame people too much for this – yet we often freak out over these things as if we can’t understand why people choose to have sex and have a few beers.
It’s no wonder people fall for this stuff again and again. And as such, I think it’d do Christians good to realize that people don’t go for this stuff because they’re illogical and hellbent on evil with a lustful appetite for sin.
It’s as if we forget how counter-intuitive the Christian way really is. We are telling people that God is not big and flashy like you’d think but in fact a humble servant among men who cares more for love and forgiveness than throwing his weight around. Our message is that our love, which dies to ourselves for the sake of others, is better than all the treasure and pleasure in the world…. They’re not the most natural beliefs to hold.
Our message is our own stumbling block, so it only makes sense that people don’t buy it right away. So let’s give ’em a little grace. Their initial judgment, if we’re honest, is a fair one.
Instead of pointing our fingers and condemning them as they go along their path, maybe we should try being there for them when they realize the destructiveness it creates. Instead of being the watch dogs, maybe we should be the ones holding the parachute to help break the fall. Because they will. If you take these things to their conclusion (alcoholism, a trail of broken hearts, and all the money in the world yet still not happy) then they’ll see what we mean. But til then, we’re the ones who are a bit crazy – not them. If anything, we’ll only drive them crazy (and away from us) with our condemnation.
Care to agree or disagree?