Yes, Jesus Was Serious About That
(Posted April 27, 2023)
“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” -- C. S. Lewis
There’s a favorite scene of mine in the movie, “My Cousin Vinnie.” On the second day of the trial in which Vinnie is defending his innocent cousin against first degree murder, he comes to court wearing the same New York-style leather jacket and slacks that would have been fine for Long Island, but not for the judge and court in Alabama. The judge scolded him this time, reminding him that he had told him the last time to return for the trial dressed in appropriate attire for Court.
Vinnie replies with surprise, “You mean you were serious about that?”
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I think that a lot of the time, that’s how we respond to the very specific things Jesus said we must do if we’re going to follow him. “You mean you were serious about that??”
Yes… Jesus was serious about that when he said we should share all that we have with those who have not, and to love those who despise us.
What Does it Take to Follow Jesus?
The truth is, following Jesus is not for wimps. It’s for those who love him enough to put it all on the line. Too often these days we hear the pronouncements of people who call themselves Christians, but behave entirely different from Jesus. Even in Christ’s own time, these kinds of people - these “false prophets” – were found in abundance, ready to lead people astray for their own personal gain. In this Sundays’ Gospel you year Jesus describe them:
“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit.”
This Sunday we’ll explore the ways to identify the poisonous, false messages that some modern, so-called Christians try to feed to Jesus’s sheep, and how we can work to dispel these misconceptions and live a more abundant life in the message we’ve been given. Join us at 10 am on April 30.