Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"Room Cleaning Christianity"

Jonathan Acuff, ladies and gentlemen:

"Why do Christians argue about drinking beer or why the tankini is the least slutty of all bathing garments? I think it’s because we sometimes practice "Room Cleaning Christianity." Think of it like college. When you’ve got a final paper due Monday, you will be amazed at how energetic your desire is to clean your room. You will scrub tile with a slow toothbrush if it means avoiding the bigger, more difficult work of writing your paper. The same thing happens with Christianity. Loving your neighbor might be simple, but it’s not easy. Maybe my neighbor is a jerk too. Maybe they hate God. Maybe they are actively and violently opposed to everything I believe. And showing them grace feels impossible. So instead of dealing with that, we get online and police people. We find small things to focus on that will distract us. I think God wants us to discuss the little stuff, but we make it an idol when we practice room cleaning Christianity at the exclusion of love. And we tend to become jerks."
It's a point I've made again and again, and it's as true now as it ever was. Conservative Christians tend to take the easy way in the way they practice their faith. Why get in the gutter to help the poor when it's much easier to fight against gay rights? If they seriously think they're following Christ's path, they're deluding themselves.

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