Tuesday, February 15, 2005

From Ambra

I had to share this from Nykola.com. The following is just a snippet--you've got to read the whole thing. She's writing about Kanye West's "Jesus Walks."

There is a fundamental problem with "Jesus Walks" and "Jesus is My Homeboy" and every other pop culture fad that attempts to water down the person of Jesus Christ. The message is faulty in that the Jesus presented requires nothing of the individual. It takes little effort on our part to acknowledge that Jesus is our friend, our homeboy, and walking with us every day. That is a given. If it weren't so, we'd all be dead by now. But Jesus never told us to wait for him to come walk with us. Instead, He asked us to walk with Him. Big difference.

Tastes more like cough syrup next to the sugar-coated message that's so popular in a song like "Jesus Walks".

Walking with Jesus requires something of the individual. No one in the Bible ever encountered Jesus Christ and remained the same. Their countenance and their lifestyle changed drastically. I know mine did. We continue to spread a misleading message to a dying culture when we make it seem as though Jesus is just another concept at the "Pick 'n Grab Store". Jesusfreak one day, bedroom freak the next. Jesus at the club? Jesus on the side? Jesus on the half shell? Baked, fried or broiled? This choose your own Jesus recipe stuff is killing people off.

I'm sorry, but this fluffy stuff is not going to be what gets this generation from where we are to where God needs us to be. Does Jesus love the world? Absolutely. He loves pimps, hos, prostitutes, corporate extortionists, murders, liars, thieves, adulterers, and even I. But God's intention was that we would recognize His love, repent (change our way of thinking), and live our lives in a way that pleases Him. We crucify Jesus every day when we fail to properly acknowledge His sacrifice. This isn't a game. People are dying and it's going to take more than some shallow messages of Jesus that stroke us and make us feel better about our sin and lack of obedience.

Yeah Jesus walks, but will we walk with him?

God bless her!


Amber Lynn said...

Maybe it has something to do with being salty? Make someone a little curious to begin asking questions. I don't think there is any way to sum up a discipleship class on a t-shirt, bumper sticker, commercial or even one sermon. But we have to start somewhere- put the call out, stand up and say, "I'm with Jesus."

Kristen said...

Amen, Amber Lynn! :)

Coffee and a Muffin said...

The thing I most love about Amber Nykol is her intense love of the truth. She rocks, and this is a perfect example of why.

Kristen said...

I love her blog; I found her through Todd's (Five Children, linked here). She's really an amazing writer.

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