Christian Idolatry

The title above may seem like an oxymoron, but please stick with me and I think you’ll see it’s appropriate.

There is an email going around the Christian Forwarders Network (I just made that up) which relates “a true story and the author, Rick Mathes, is a well-known leader in prison ministry.” In a conversation with a Muslim imam, Mathes asked, “Let me ask you a question: Would you rather have your Allah, who tells you to kill me in order for you to go to heaven, or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I am going to heaven and He wants you to be there with me?”

Mathes’ question above reads like a powerful challenge, but actually it is rather trivial. It doesn’t matter who I would rather have. What matters is Who actually exists and Who is actually the Creator, Judge, and Redeemer.

There is a strain of idolatry in Christianity where we feel free to decide what qualities a god should have, and then we attribute those qualities to the God of Heaven, whether or not we have any Scriptural basis for them. As an example, there is the oft-repeated claim that if I were the only person on earth, Christ would have still come and died for me. That sentiment seems very nice and godlike, but there is little, if any, support for it in God’s Word.

Even more commonly, we praise our Heavenly Father for all his omni‘s: omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience… did I leave any out? And then there are the alls: all-loving, all-merciful, etc. Well, I suppose our Calvinist brothers wouldn’t include all-loving, because there is that matter of the non-elect. There is more or less Scriptural evidence for each of these, but we often do not allow ourselves to be limited by what Scripture teaches.

The essential point is that God is real, and He has real characteristics, whether or not they are all exactly as we think a god should be. All we know about God is what He has chosen to reveal to us, and we should be humble enough to worship Him for what He has told us about Himself and not make a “golden image” in our minds of what we would prefer.

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I Know What You Should Do

Seth Godin wrote the following on his website:

I know what you should do\r\nActually, I don\’t.

I know what I would do in this situation, but I\’m not you.

I know what your customer should do, but I\’m not her.

I know (and you know, and we all know) what we would do in a given situation, but that\’s not the same thing. Continue reading “I Know What You Should Do”

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What Are You Against?

Jon Acuff has a blog I respect, Stuff Christians Like, and this post was Reacting to Anne Rice. Jon said Christian bloggers are required to respond to Anne Rice’s recent bombshell, so here goes. Continue reading “What Are You Against?”

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Pro-Life? What Age Are We Talking About?

Most Christians, and many other theists (God-believers), consider abortion to be the murder of babies. And perhaps as many (or more) are opposed to the euthanasia of the elderly as murder of those at the other end of the age spectrum. These believers would consider themselves firmly in the “pro-life” camp. Continue reading “Pro-Life? What Age Are We Talking About?”

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Hope for Saint Luke

Holy Gospel Mark 6:45–56 Immediately [Jesus] made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He dismissed the crowd. And after He had taken leave of them, He went up on the mountain to pray. Continue reading “Hope for Saint Luke”

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The Parable of Roast Rump of Goat

“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ Continue reading “The Parable of Roast Rump of Goat”

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The Vine and the Branches

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. Continue reading “The Vine and the Branches”

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Jesus Appears to the Disciples

Luke 24: 36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your minds? Continue reading “Jesus Appears to the Disciples”

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Easter Message

Jesus Has Risen!

Mark 16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” Continue reading “Easter Message”

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Pastor Linsey Dettmer’s Fourth Advent Message 2017

Micah 6:6-8  4th Advent With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Continue reading “Pastor Linsey Dettmer’s Fourth Advent Message 2017”

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