Friday, October 16, 2009

Something i was thinking about....

Early last year, I went to a youth event at a nearby church with some friends. I was looking forward to a fun time of worship and fellowship with other Christian teens. My friends told me there'd be music and singing, games, food, and a little message from a guest speaker. It was an outreach to non-Christian teens in the area. I was excited. A friend and I carpooled and my dad drove us there. Once we got inside the building, we were instantly welcomed by our friends and we all got into conversations and were just hanging out. First we did a few fun games, and then we all got to singing. We sang some pretty good Christian songs from bands like Skillet and stuff... But then we started singing this song from U2. Like, wait a minute... I thought we were at a Christian teen outreach program here. hmm. Well anyway, after the songs, we all sat down on the floor and listened to our guest speaker. He was a nice guy- tall, blonde (I think), and he had a nice smile. He said he had little kids at home and a good wife too. He did a good visual to illustrate something he was talking about in the beginning and then he got started on talking about Jesus' life. This is where it got pretty bad.

I'm sure that the man had every good intention, but the way he was explaining the gospel to these teenagers was just wrong. First he was talking about how Jesus may have acted as a teenager.

"He probably was told to take out the trash my his mom and he probably was like "aww Mom...""



"Jesus probably even farted; hanging out with the disciples and Peter says, "Whoa, Jesus, what are ya doin'?"



What?! Is this was the gospel is all about? Jesus was just like us?! First of all, He never dishonored His mother because He was "holy and blameless" before God. Second, even if Jesus did fart, WHO CARES?! The point of Jesus' life was not about how He was God and so much like Man. He was God and Man. Christ came down as a Man so He could pay the sacrifice for our sins. Not so He could show us how much He was like us... because He wasn't.

And why were we even talking about Jesus' life without even mentioning His death? 'Cause we're talking to a bunch of unsaved teenagers here. The point of Jesus' life was His death. Everything He did paved the way so that we could have eternal life by His death. That's what made Christ's life so amazing! And that's what salvation is all about.

This was just a little bit about what I've been thinking about in the past couple of days. :)

8 comments:

Nthegeek said...

Nice post. I agree with you. He didn't become a man to show us that He is like us, but to show us that He loves us.

Jesus was like us in that He was 100% man, and that He had temptation toward sin. But, He was unlike us in that He was also 100% God, and temptation never once turned to deed.

Andrew said...

Lydia,
I'm certain that all the songs played were Christian (however, we were giving away a U2 album...). As to the message, it confused me as well. I didn't really know where he was going with it, or what he was trying to say...

Lydia said...

Well, Andrew, someone told me that the reason they played the U2 song was to make the non-Christian teens "warm-up" to the whole "Christian thing". That's wrong, because people don't "warm up" to the gospel.

It didn't matter where he was going with it, he shouldn't have said those things about Christ. It was wrong. I'm sure he's a very nice man, but his thinking toward the gospel and how to present it to teens was wrong.

Cya Thursday night :)

Lydia

Andrew said...

The first song played was "Meant to Live" by Switchfoot. I don't know if that's the one you thought was by U2 or a different one... anyways... I'll talk to you more on Thursday, maybe.
Andrew

Lydia said...

No, we sang "Where the Streets Have No Name." my dad pointed it out.

Evangelist J. Rogers said...

The scary thing about this whole story is that sinners are being deceived into thinking that they have been saved when they have never repented of sin(turned from sin), and this is being passed off as an evangelistic meeting?!!! Christ came to save men from their SINS! Salvation is not a heaven or a Hell issue...it is a SIN issue. Until the church gets back to bible evangelism and confronting sinners with the wickedness of their sins(not"warming them up to the christian thing" we will continue to produce a generation of decieved apostates that live like Hell and think they are going to heaven. God help us.

Kristen said...

That is so sad that this happened in one of our own churches! You hit the nail on the head, Lydia.

Going For It said...

good post,lydia.
love you, mom