Dan Merchant, our guest tonight on BlogTalkRadio (you won’t want to miss this), made a movie. It’s titled: Lord, Save Us From Your Followers, and it’s all about what is good and bad about Christians. The premise is pretty simple.
Here’s what’s bad about Christians: religion and politics.
Here’s what’s good about Christians: Jesus.
The title is a bit misleading. In the end, the Christians we need to be saved from are not true followers of Jesus. They are followers of religion and politics. You don’t need to be saved from true followers of Jesus – they will save you, at least they will bring you food, build your house, help you clean up after natural disasters, bring you blankets and clothes and wash your feet. These are truly good people in anybody’s book, and they are that way because they are following Jesus. Jesus compels them to be kind, forgiving, accepting, loving, and some of them will go as far as to apologize for all the bad things done in the name of Christ by those who are following religion and politics under the guise of following Jesus.
It’s unfortunate that the Christians who are following religion and politics are the ones that seem to get all the attention. They’re the ones with offensive signs and placards and the ones most likely to make it on the six o’clock news. They are the ones making enemies of gays and lesbians, and the ones who are most condemning of people and their lifestyles. The Christians who are following Jesus don’t get much attention because they don’t care about it; they are too busy helping people. Many don’t even know they are there; they are quietly serving the helpless and the homeless behind the scenes. They rarely make it on the six o’clock news, or anyone’s news for that matter, and they are just fine with that. They are not after publicity because Jesus wasn’t. He told them not to let their right hand know what their left hand is doing when it’s doing good.
Followers of religion and politics are making noise; followers of Jesus are making a difference. Followers of religion and politics use mass media, marches and marketing to get their point across. Followers of Jesus aren’t trying to make a point; they are just trying to help. Followers of religion and politics are all about drawing lines and making moral differences; followers of Jesus are all about are about filling in the gaps between people. They are all about reconciliation.
Followers of religion and politics are angry and fearful. They are trying to get America back. Followers of Jesus are loving and hopeful. They are trying to give America away.
Lord, give us more of your true followers, not the ones we have to be saved from, but the ones who are saved by you and are representing who you are by what you are doing through them for others in the world.