“The unteachables,” I like that, reminds me of gangsters and the mafia.
Recently I had a little discussion at John Branyan’s blog about “mature Christians.” Let me tell you, you will never hear me speak of “baby Christians” versus “mature Christians” as if that were a real thing. You know why?
First rule of Mature Christian club, we don’t ever talk about Mature Christian club. Or maybe that was fight club?Whatever. My point being, I totally reject these man made, hierarchal roles that the disciples themselves actually argued about in the Bible.
Branyan said, “I’m not sure why you’re making a case against Christians maturing in the faith. Maturity doesn’t lead to arrogance or joyless living.“
Yeah, actually it does! So called “maturity,” leads to arrogance and joyless living. Jesus never said, come unto me as a “mature Christian,” He said, “come unto me as a little child.”
A bit tragic but darkly comical too, this past week so called “mature Christians” spent all their time arguing about how Kanye West wasn’t really saved, how the biggest threat to the Western church is Beth Moore, and whether or not the Baby Yoda should be baptized.
Now we could argue that these are all immature, “baby Christians,” except many of them, like John MacArthur and John Piper, are actually pastors and theologians in their late 80’s. You know what these kind of “mature Christians” do? Practice arrogance and joyless living in order to try to hang onto their power and social status.
Yep! That’s all that is, Christians as the self appointed gate keepers of a private country club, trying to keep out the alleged riff raff. These are just human hierarchies and power plays rising to the surface like clotted cream.
Also, they often promote false teachings. Yep! Those who often shriek the loudest about false teachers, are often responsible for perverting scripture and passing it along until they become distorted into wild tales and vast urban legends. Those pastors aren’t entirely to blame for this, I mean at any time people could just pick up a Bible for themselves and check it out. Go to God directly instead of to some idolatrous Christian celebrity of the day? Just saying.
Matthew 23:8-9 says, “But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.” It’s in the Woe chapter, as in “woe to you, you fools and blind guides….”
Those wild tales and vast urban legends must be untaught, unlearned. No, nowhere in the Bible does Jesus say you’re going to hell because you got a tattoo. What idiot told you that?? No, “I am not my brother’s keeper” is not a commandment! Those are the words of a murderer and God didn’t accept that explanation. What do you mean Jesus doesn’t like you because, “cleanliness is next to Godliness?” Who told you that?? I don’t see that phrase anywhere in the Bible. And on and on it goes, so, so many stumbling blocks given to others by so called, “mature Christians.”
I often want to scream and tear my hair out in sheer frustration over how much unteaching needs to happen. So, so many tenured pew warmers, lukewarm cultural Christians, and pop culture pastor icons need to engage in some serious unlearning and stop passing along the misery.
It is nothing but arrogance and joyless living that is currently bitterly cynical about Kanye West visiting a prison and Beth Moore inspiring women. Like wow, you can almost smell the bile of sour grapes coming from all these self appointed, “mature Christians.”
Now, I’m all for growing and progressing in faith, but I’ve found out that’s not really up to us at all. In fact, if you think you’re the one doing it all, you’re probably part of the problem. When God wants to level up the whole video game, hold onto your hat and get ready for an adventure, because it sure isn’t going to be anything like earning badges at a girl scout meeting.
Proverbs 26:12 says, “Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Oh ouch, so much for “Mature Christian Club.”
Be a fool for the Lord! Be crazy and madly in love with Jesus. Share you wisdom as gently and humbly as you can. Love others. Always listen and remain teachable. Don’t believe everything you think. These are the real rules for so called, “Mature Christian club.”
Flat out, if you got saved 30 years ago or you got saved yesterday, you are just as saved. Those of us who have been riding this ferris wheel of life for a while have developed enough humility to understand that when God levels up the whole game, you might as well have just been born again yesterday anyway…..