A Saturday Bohemian Husband post.
I’m tired of walking on eggshells whenever I get in a church.
I’m tired of worrying about whether or not I’m offending someone just by being me, when I also work so dang hard to be like Jesus.
I’m tired of people talking without listening. You can see it in their eyes. They’re just waiting for their turn to talk again.
I’m tired of people talking to my God without listening. Who’s smarter: you or God? So who needs to be doing the majority of the talking in that conversation? Have you ever listened to a middle school girl talk? I imagine that’s about what we sound like to God.
I’m tired of people reading stuff like that last paragraph and their only response being, “God loves you even if you sound like a middle school girl.” Because I didn’t say he didn’t. In fact, I didn’t mention love at all. When my daughter hits middle school age, I’m still going to love her. But I won’t think she’s as mature as she’ll ever need to be.
I’m tired of the other half of the people, who will read that same paragraph and come back with, “You wish you were like a middle-schooler compared to God. Not even close! You are a worm! You do not deserve anything!” Because you know what? I’m not a worm. And I do deserve something. That’s why it’s called “justification”. Don’t slander my God’s redemption, his sacrifice, his salvation, his mercy, or his adopting me as his son. Jesus calls me his brother. I was a worm. I didn’t deserve anything. That changed when God became my adoptive father. So shut up, and stop talking about Christ’s church that way, because I have a seat in front of God in Heaven with my name on it, reserved for me by the death and damnation of my greatest friend.
I’m tired of people blaming “God’s will” or “God’s timing” for their screw-ups and inattention. God is not the author of sin. He isn’t Zeus. Don’t blame fate. Own your sin. It’s pretty hard to turn away from something if you won’t even admit you’re doing it.
I’m tired of people treating my God like an ATM for all their needs. It goes back to the listening thing. And a few comments by Jesus about God already knowing what you need. Israel’s whining in the desert wasn’t really one of their high points. Jesus taught that we should treasure Heaven. Why is it, then, that we only notice answered prayers when they come in the form of a physical thing? God is far more concerned with your heart. Try looking there for changes. Pray for them.
I’m tired of people valuing church attendance far above church function. Those doors aren’t magic. You don’t go to Heaven just because you walked through them three times a week for 70 years. People will judge each other based on whether or not they’re “in church”, but they don’t really give a crap about what else anyone does. Don’t share? No problem. Materialistic? Welcome to the club! Obese? Oh well! Gossip? Never—we just want to know how to pray for you!
I’m tired of the fact that the same bus-thrower-underers when it comes to being “in church” won’t get together any other time of the week to save their life—or anyone else’s.
I’m really, really tired of people wanting to debate theology with me when they seem to barely know “Theo” at all. In fact, I don’t know many people who are succeeding at the fundamental steps of Christianity. Loving God and your neighbor? Telling the whole world GOOD news? Let’s not debate our theological views just yet. Or ever. Because I don’t care. And even if you “prove” that you’re right, it won’t change reality. God will still do it however he wants, and we still have the same job to do in the meantime.
Basically, I’m really, really, really tired of people arguing about who read The Book the right way. Because no one is doing what it says, regardless of what they think that is.