Stuff Christians Hate

Nailed to the cross

The person interviewing me asked if anyone reads long copy.

“Aren’t people bored by long copy?” He asked.

I replied with a question of my own.

“Was anybody bored by the last Harry Potter book? That was about 800 pages long. I wasn’t bored for a second.”

That’s when the interview went a bit off the rails. The host was shocked that I had read a Harry Potter book-because I’m a Christian.

“Don’t all Christians believe Harry Potter is a gateway drug to witchcraft?”

We ended up having a discussion about why it is Christians seem to be known primarily for the things they are against. What are those things? Let us count them, one by one:

  • Harry Potter
  • Halloween
  • Santa Claus
  • Easter bunny
  • Money (unless you give it to the church)
  • Sex
  • Rock ‘n roll
  • Rap
  • Gays
  • The environment
  • People of other beliefs
  • Liberals
  • Animal rights
  • I’m beginning to get nauseous, so I’m going to stop making this list right now…

Now, I’m going to get all kinds of heat for writing this blog post.

First, my Christian friends are going to be angry with me because I seem to be implying that these things are all “okay”. Some of my Christian friends will be upset because, they will say, “We are not like that!” I’m not writing about what we are – or are not – like… I’m writing about how we are perceived.

Second, my non-Christian friends are going to be angry with me for bringing this subject up on a “business” blog, or that I haven’t taken a strong enough stand on some of these issues.

Many will have stopped reading this post before I finish. That’s unfortunate.

The point is this: I want to make it clear what I, as a follower of Jesus, stand for… not against. I am for the following things:

  • Feeding the poor
  • Healing the sick
  • Preaching the Good News
  • Loving the unlovable
  • Forgiveness
  • Reckless Grace
  • Touching the untouchable
  • Celebrating the beauty of human achievement
  • Loving people who are gay
  • Loving Republicans
  • Loving Democrats
  • Loving Muslims
  • Loving atheists
  • Loving Hindus and Buddhists
  • Loving all of God’s children, whom He loves so much, He became one of us, and died for us in the most cruel and devastating way possible.
  • Celebrating those who are wealthy, and who create value for the rest of us to enjoy.
  • Acknowledging those whom God has called to fields like science, aviation,  government, education, and a million other professions that are not considered “spiritual”.

And especially if you are in the world of business… I stand for you making as much money as you possibly can, because business in and of itself is good. And because the best way to help the poor, is to start by not being one of them.

These are a few of the things that I, as a follower of Jesus, stand for.

To those who feel compelled to write a scathing response to this post, and tell me all the things I wrote about that you are against… let me remind you of the words of Jesus: “Let those among you who are without sin, cast the first stone.”

And remember: even if you disagree with me, I am for you.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

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8 thoughts on “Stuff Christians Hate

  1. Ray

    Thanks for sharing. No words of condemnation from me, just a passage of Scripture I read this morning that goes along with your post. It challenges me greatly.
    Mark 8:34-38, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? [self] Is anything worth more than your soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

    Barak

  2. Bravo Ray! Jesus is the Master Copywriter, His message is both compelling and clear. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matt 7:12). He also said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). The Apostle John echos Jesus, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). Thanks Ray for reminding us by your example that Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, but to save it (John 3:17, the verse we all forget about).

  3. This Christian hates that sin is running loose in the world – my sin and the sin of others. I hate that I’m often more conscious of the the sin of others than I am of my own.

  4. Without giving the impression for a moment that there aren’t, or shouldn’t, be things that Christians need to take a strong stand against, I think that Christians need to be far more proactive with grace, goodness and love. To stand against something is reactionary, which is fine but isn’t a mission in and of itself. To stand for something is proactive and that’s where the mission primarily lies.
    There’s a time and a place for standing against and tearing down, but a far better investment of resources is to encourage the good and build well. The more we help build well now the less of a need there will be to tear down later.
    I propose two reasons why the perception is that Christians tear down more than they build: 1. Building up tends to be behind the scenes, while standing against, by its very nature, tends to be confrontational and therefore much more in the public eye. 2. This is sometimes the truth of the matter. It’s easier to tear down than to build up. Anyone can tear down, but only they who are instruments of Christ’s love (living lives of surrender to God) can build up. Sadly, in their confusion, my people (Christians) often believe that their whole job is to stand against something and that thereby they stand for something. They are not flowing in the fruit of the Holy Spirit; so, when bankruptcy of God’s love is in place how else can you represent? You represent with what you have which is with disdain, anger and resentment.
    In a nutshell, be angry against all forms of godlessness, injustice, cruelty, etc. But never operate from a lack of love. When love is in place first, it will condition everything else. Furthermore, it will always initiate building, allowing for the occasional need to tear down, but never permitting it to be “the mission”. The mission is to heal, restore, protect, enlighten with truth, inject justice, extend grace, introduce goodness and embrace with love. In all of this the Gospel stands central.

  5. Thanks Ray for your solid presentation of marketplace truth.
    God never once said that only Christian men and women are created in His image. Every human being reflects the glory of God. The principles of the great books of wisdom, Proverb, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon, when followed by anyone will allow for successful living in both personal and business life. A relationship with Christ as His follower enhances and magnifies the effectiveness of these truths as knowing the author of a book makes the book more meaningful. Be Blessed.