Posted by: Justin | September 26, 2007

JESUS IS NOT AN EASY BUTTON

(h/t Stand to Reason blog

Yes, this is an actual T-shirt that some people are selling. Folks, Jesus is not a tamed God or a genie who is there to answer any wishes at our command. He is Alpha and Omega, the Sovereign Lord over all and we are just dust.

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Stand to Reason Blog has a great post about this. Here is an exerpt:

Lord, save us from McChristianity.

If you own this shirt, throw it away.  If you know someone who owns this shirt, tear it from their body and then throw it away.  They’ll thank you later. 

One tremendous corrective for this kind of contempoary silliness is the reading of old books.  Old authors help to pull us out of our cultural context and examine how the current culture influences and shapes our message.  As C.S. Lewis points out: 

“Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books.”

Jesus-As-Easy-Button theology is certainly a characteristic mistake of a consumeristic, invidualistic, instant gratification oriented culture.  An older author like G.K. Chesterton provides a corrective: “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” 

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