SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2021, 10:00 AM - ONLINE ONLY
Peace with God, When Jesus Gets Hijacked
What happens when the church (or people who call themselves Christians) gets sucked into the wars and walls of religion and ideologies? This Sunday, we name some evils done in the name of Christ. We also name these evils as fully in opposition to the life and teachings of Jesus. Jesus didn't come to build another version of the Kingdoms of the world.
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Christianity has done horrible things! Judge a tree by its fruit Jesus(!) said. "If, according to Jesus, we can recognize a tree by its fruit, and if church history is the fruit of Jesus teaching, then should we not reject Jesus as the bad tree that has produced bad fruit?...Let me tell you what I told [my intelligent atheist host] that evening" (EOR 67).
BIG IDEA: "The history of the church is not an example of Jesus' teaching bearing bad fruit, but of his teaching being completely ignored, rationalized, or trivialized - and that bearing bad fruit. Most people who are hostile toward Christianity realize that Jesus is not to blame. In fact, they rightly judge and condemn Christians in terms of what Jesus taught" (Cavey, EOR, 67).
EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE DOING TERRIBLE THINGS IN THE NAME OF CHRIST
The Fundamentalist vs. Moderate Divides
CHRISTIANS AREN'T ALONE
Christians aren’t fundamentalist ENOUGH! John 5:39-40
THE RADICAL REFORMERS
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION