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Jul 172017

I read an interesting guest post on  written by Darrell Lackey and I agree with him whole heartedly.

Detail from “The Cleansing of the Temple” by Raimondi | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | CC0 1.0

Lackey starts out with an interesting quote from Tony Campolo:

Sociologist Tony Campolo has been known, when speaking to Christian audiences, to begin by saying something like this:

I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact I just said “shit” than you are that 30,000 kids died last night.

When citing this, I have had people prove his very point by responding something to the effect of, “Yeah, I get it, but I still wish he would make his point some other way…” Ummm, that is his point. His point, in my opinion, isn’t really about the children (although it is, obviously); his point is that we (Christians) get upset over the wrong things. Our moral sense of outrage is often misdirected.

Read the rest of the post:



Yes many Christians participate in ministries that address some of these problems, but here is the point of the article for me.  As Lackey  points out:

Yes, you can be upset at those other aspects (rightly or wrongly). The point, however, is that those aspects pale in insignificance when placed alongside the deeper and much more important moral failing noted—the failing that should really upset us…

I have to add one additional example: Christians, you are all fired up about believing all of the right things ABOUT Jesus–that he was God, that he died for your sins, etc.   Why aren’t you also all fired up about BECOMING like Jesus–about personally living the way Jesus taught and the way Jesus actually lived his life–about actually BEING like Jesus?  It has always seemed to me that believing the right things ABOUT  Jesus “pale(s) in insignificance when placed alongside the deeper and much more important” call to actually BEING like Jesus.

I challenge you to add your thoughts and comments below.

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  2 Responses to “Christian: You Are Upset About the Wrong Things”

  1. I’ve sometimes reminded people that Jesus hung with tax collectors, shepherds, fishermen, soldiers and women with a bad reputation. In a crowd like that you can bet that he heard plenty of coarse language, well beyond the King James version of Aramaic. Yet how often does he complain about it? As much as say, treating strangers well? Forgiving others sins? Loving your neighbors?

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