Would you be seeing this?
A nice, middle-class American Jesus. A Jesus who doesn’t mind materialism and who would never call us to give away everything we have. A Jesus who would not expect us to forsake our closest relationship so that he receives all our affection. A Jesus who is fine with nominal devotion that does not infringe on our comforts, because, after all, he loves us just the way we are. A Jesus who wants us to be balanced, who wants us to avoid dangerous extremes, and who, for that matter, wants us to avoid danger altogether. A Jesus who brings us comfort and prosperity as we live out our Christian spin on the American dream.
But do you and I realize what we are doing at this point? We are molding Jesus into our image. He is beginning to look a lot like us because, after all, that is whom we are most comfortable with. And the danger now is that when we gather in our church buildings to sing and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshiping the Jesus of the Bible. Instead we may be worshiping ourselves.”
– Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream (2010) by David Platt
The book is in the Idaho Falls Library – the number is 261.1097 PLATT.
It is unfortunate that it is the “middle class” Jesus with whom Americans are most familiar. All too often, what we see broadcast on our televisions represents a message of “freedom from government” rather than “freedom from sin”! I have to wonder what our country would look like if Believers focused more on defending the Gospel than on defending their own freedom of speech.