Society’s View of Jesus as a Peace-Loving Hippie

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I’ve noticed a disturbing trend lately, one I’ve decided to address if only for the sake of emptying my head of all the nonsense I’ve been coming across on social media lately.

Back in June, when the supreme court passed the equality law regarding marriage, I noticed many Christians placing the brightly colored rainbow background on their Facebook avatars. I found this action alone to be disturbing because to call yourself a Christian and then place a symbol of support for sinful behavior on your profile is one of the greatest forms of hypocrisy I have seen in this age. The Old Testament AND the New Testament are very clear regarding the sin of sexual immorality.

Alas, that is a discussion – a much bigger discussion – for another time.

Something else that I noticed during this period of religious anarchy was the response coming from many of these so-called Christians when they were confronted by those who follow God’s Word. Many stated that Jesus/God is love, and because marriage equality was an act of love, then Jesus/God supports it.

Huh?

Let’s break this down, shall we? Because to be honest, I am confused as to what version of the Bible my Christian brethren seem to be reading nowadays. Is there a Culturally Accepted New Version (CANV) that Wal-Mart put out that I don’t know about?

night-background-with-crucifixion-of-jesus-christ_f10iT0KuJesus/God is love. Yes, in many ways, that statement is true. God is love. He sent His only son to die on the cross for OUR sins to show His love for us. Jesus is love. He died on the cross for our sins. Sacrifice is the ultimate act of love, and Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice, not just by dying on the cross, but by taking our sins – all of our past, present, and future sins – with him to that cross. He died under the weight of all of that in the ultimate act of love.

The problem with the statement that Jesus is love is that most of the people using that statement as an argument to back up their rebellion against God’s laws are stopping there. Jesus is love. They forget that Jesus is more than love. God is more than love. He is justice. He is judgement. He is discipline.

Most importantly, He is holy.

I think part of the problem is that society has a serious misconception of what true love is. Love is not acceptance. Love is not compromise. Love means speaking the truth into someone’s life, regardless of how popular or how soothing that truth may or may not be. When you say ‘tough love,’ what you’re really saying is love. Real love.

I’m not sure where this idea that Jesus is an inactive pacifist came from. Some of these Christians waving the rainbow flag around in my Facebook feed seem to forget that Jesus overturned tables, that he confronted people – strangers – on their sins, that he rebuked his own disciples for participating in Satan’s quest to keep him from the cross. Let’s not forget that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, or that He required the Israelites to destroy the ‘ites’ throughout the Old Testament through – most times – violent methods, or that He banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. These things were all done out of love, out of truth, out of holiness, out of discipline.

“If Jesus were alive today, he would embrace everyone in love.”

What? If he were alive today? What? Are you – a Christian – stating that Jesus is dead? That he never rose from the grave after dying a horrible death on the cross? That everything he did was meaningless? And you think if He were walking as a physical being among us today that He would approve of the behavior touted within the homosexual camp and not confront anyone on their sin?

Yes – Jesus did hang out with sinners throughout the Gospels. No – He did not keep quiet and just chill out with everyone because he had nothing better to do or because He just wanted to be everyone’s friend. He set the example that we should all be living by when he confronted the woman by the well, when he rebuked Peter, when He overturned the tables in the marketplace. He wasn’t a man of inaction as many want to portray him as.

Get your heads out of your ostrich holes and stop spouting gibberish all over social media because you want to look cool and accepting to the rest of society. We’re not called to bend our behavior or our morals to society to appease their wayward beliefs. Jesus was not – is not – a hippie. He’s not just about love. If He were standing in front of you and me right now, He would love us, but He would also confront us on our sins and help us turn – also known as repent – from them. He wouldn’t sugarcoat our situation either. Do you think He went to the cross so He could coddle you the rest of your time here on Earth? No. He’s dead serious about sin, that’s why He gave his life to cleanse you of yours.

I have friends who participate in homosexual behavior. Do I hate them? Absolutely not. I love them, because they are my friends. I care about them. But it doesn’t mean if they invite me to a gay pride parade that I will go. I’m not called by Christ to participate and engage in support of that nature. That’s not loving my neighbor, that’s compromising my beliefs to appease a broken and corrupted generation.

Let’s stop painting our Savior as some tree-hugging Care Bear who is only concerned about showering sinners in acceptance of their behavior while we forget that He died on the cross to save us from our sins. We can’t – shouldn’t – take that lightly. Let’s not let His sacrifice die on the altar of social acceptance. Society as a whole would love to portray Jesus as an archaic figure who just wants to give hugs and high-fives to everyone he comes across, but that’s not the Jesus I know, that’s not the Jesus I have a personal relationship with.


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