Crash Helmet Christianity

Why do I feel as though I just stepped into a bunch of quicksand?

Another post that got me thinking about the idea of fundamentals was this one by didymus I 'met' didymus at Infellowship. He also came from the ICoC, but no longer worships with an ICoC church. I don't know much about him, nor have we ever met, but because of our shared background, I feel a certain implicit bond with him.

Anyway, he refers to this article at Christianity Today. In it, the author points out the aspects of Jesus we don't enjoy talking about. The Jesus who said only a few will enter through the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), who overturned tables at the temple (Mark 11:12-19), said we must repent or perish (Luke 13:1-5) and called us to take up our own crosses (Luke 9:23-27). The article says, writing about the current talk of Jesus stirred up by the movie 'The Passion.':

If, in this national conversation, we do nothing more than blithely discuss Jesus and his adaptable cultural presence—well, we will have missed the real Jesus. We need to talk with biblical honesty about the One who would not only love and forgive us but also demolish all our cultural images of him.

The real Jesus was not afraid to offend, He spoke the truth. He was loving, but not sentimental. We keep silent, not wanting to ruffle feathers, too afraid to be considered judgmental. Certainly, we should not blindly trample folks with careless words and thoughts, but what good are we if we stand for nothing? Jesus was not the wet noodle that so much of Christianity is today.

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Yes, but Jesus--unlike other Christians--had the ability (I presume) to judge the actual thoughts and motives of the people he addressed. We should withhold such judgement--rightly, I think--acknowledging our own finitude and sinfulness. Remember the prospective stoning of the harlot? Jesus himself urged us to hold in abeyance our criticism and condemnation.

I'm not saying we should take stands where appropriate. But the evidence required to define where a stand is appropriate is much higher for us mortals than it would be for our creator in the flesh. To appropriately offend the unrighteous is itself righteous and good. But to inappropriately offend someone else is sin. Doesn't this echo Romans 14--which I gather to be one of your favorite passages--to some degree? Does the conscientious follower of Romans 14 qualify as a wet noodle?

Looking at Romans 14, I see in verse 1 that it is addressing "disputable matters" not fundamentals. Yes, I love this passage becasue ot puts into context just what I wrote the other day. Namely, that we shouldn't argue about the trivial or disputable.

In warning us not to pass judgement on disputable matters, isn't he implying that it is right to do so on non-distputable things?

I certainly agree with you that it takes a lot of discernment to tell what is diputable and what is not.



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