This weekend it occurred to me that the message we too often send about what it means to be a Christian is dangerously close to being heretical. I will leave it up to you to decide whether it is truly a heresy or something else…here is the message:
Say a simple prayer.
Show up at some kind of church on occasion.
Be a good American.
Go to heaven.
Do we truly believe that this is what Christ had in mind when he died a painful and humiliating death? Was this the message that all of the disciples of Jesus were tortured for, and most killed for? A simple safe religion that allows you to do whatever you want as long as it “looks nice” and fits the American ideal? Are 2.5 kids a 3 car garage and white picket fence Christs’ answer for your life? Or is there something more?