Christ and Christians

Question – why do  you think it is that we as Christians tend to focus on the Laws of Moses or the teachings of Paul versus the words of Jesus himself?  Most people I know can recite most of the Ten Commandments but would get stumped on the Beatitudes.  Most can tell you Paul’s thoughts on the relationship between grace and faith and salvation but can’t easily recite what Jesus said in the Semon on the Mount (or plains).

Some may object and maintain we do focus on Jesus more than Moses or Paul.  But let me take one of the Beatitudes as an example.  When is the last time you heard a sermon, had a Sunday School class, or even heard Christians discussing the inate value of meekness?

Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”  Our society seems to laud anything but meekness (def:  enduring injury with patience and without resentment).  We want to be proud.  We want to be strong.  We want to vanquish the wicked. And we have talk radio shows and talking heads on TV that seem to be there to teach us who and what we should resent.  And the larger Church challenges all this infrequently.

What do you think?  Have we 21st Century Christians become disengaged from the teachings of Jesus himself?  What would it look like in our 21st century world if we did bring Christ’s words to bear in our lives?

All the best and In Christ,

Tom

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One thought on “Christ and Christians

  1. Tom, Sunday we finish up a long series on the Sermon on the Mount — for exactly the reasons you write about. Our focus is on what did Jesus teach that it would look like if we were truly living the kingdom? I think this is what you are getting to with your post. Sunday we talk about Living the Kingdom: By Bearing Good Fruit.

    One of my friends use to joke that we chould rename our religion Paulianity!

    Grace and peace,

    Lisa

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