I guess it’s no secret by now that I’ve been just a little bit disillusioned with my fellow Evangelicals lately. I think this feeling comes to many of us who, after experiencing just enough adulthood, realize that age does not inherently give a person wisdom. It’s that feeling you get when you realize that, intellectually speaking, you’re on your own. You can’t trust everything you’ve been taught. And really, you shouldn’t. I think a big part of spiritual growth is learning to question everything. After all – God’s truth can stand up to the deepest of scrutiny.
With that said, I want to re-visit the Third Commandment. It is a passage of scripture that, like so many others, has been plucked out of context and used to back up personal agendas. How can “You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God” possibly back up a personal agenda? I’m glad you asked. In the modern day, over-politicized Evangelical Church where we pretend that the government has it out for us, many have embraced a “Christian” way of life that has morphed into something that is, well, completely unCHRISTian. We’ve become a group of people who carry on a “persecution complex,” clinging to a notion of self-righteousness rather than striving to actually become righteous (and to know what it means). That’s why you can log onto Facebook and Twitter today and see more Christians hating President Obama and selfishly clinging to their guns than loving God and loving others. But that’s all for another blog post. UPDATE: My good friend tells me the gun comment is antagonistic to gun owners. Rather than delete what I said, I offer this disclaimer: I am not anti 2nd Amendment. The “selfish clinging” I am referring to is in regard to those who refuse to have a civilized conversation about gun control.
I’ve been anti-blogs for a long time now. Probably for the same reason some people refuse to admit they like hyped-up movies or hipster clothes (although I’ll never recognize the validity of man-scarves). I suppose I’ve been so resistant to begin blogging because I don’t want to be associated with those who have enlightened us with their first marathon training experience or given us a far too detailed account of their first pregnancy/birthing experience.
But I recently met a blogger who changed my mind. Last month, my wife and I were at the National Youth Workers’ Convention in Dallas, TX, and I had a chance to talk with author Tony Jones. I had sat in on his seminar (The Church and Culture: A Match Made in Heaven?) and had some questions. Long story short: Tony showed me that there is value in being a thinking Christian. Continue reading