I just heard Alina Fernandez being interviewed. She is the daughter of Fidel Castro and lives in Miami. Tonight she spoke out against her Father's dictatorship. She said she had given up hope of ever having a personal relationship with her father. She spoke startling words tonight from Miami.
I spent some time this morning with Brian McLaren's Generous Orthodoxy. McLaren makes a couple of jarring statements (actually, he makes a number of these jarring statements).
"I think most of Christianity as practiced today has very little to do with the real Jesus..." (p. 59)
"Generally, I don't think Christians would like Jesus if he showed up today as he did 2,000 years ago." (p. 60).
I've got to tell you, I don't like these statements. I don't like them because I fear they may be true--very true.
I do know it is possible for a church to live for months and years and rarely mention the name of Jesus. He sort of becomes an honorary figure. Jesus stops being the one who we look to as our leader who we are seriously following. We may do little more than give him a polite nod.
Far too often preachers, pastors, elders and other church leaders do not seriously grapple with the implications of the Jesus' life. Consequently, they do not seriously grapple with what he wants the church to do. What would our churches be like if we were to come at some of these decisions with open Bibles and seriously look at the way of Jesus. Would the decision come out differently?
Most of us say (with all sincerity) that we love Jesus. Yet, we do a good job of dismissing, ignoring, forgetting, etc. some of his teachings which really challenge us. (Yes, I know that is a sweeping generalization but I think it more often true than not).
It is time that these churches we are apart of stop trying to figure out how to oil the machinery so that we will run more smoothly and start asking the hard Jesus questions.
I'm going to give this more thought. Will you?