12 Oct “Should We Customize the Gospel?”
“Customize the Gospel? What do you mean, Pastor?”
Perhaps you have heard statements like these: “Church makes me uncomfortable, especially when some preachers are preaching.” “Leviticus? What an awful book! There can’t possibly be a reason for that book full of blood to be in the Bible!” “And … all those laws, bunches of ‘Do’s & Don’ts.’ Jesus boiled them down to two! We don’t need more than two, if He didn’t need more than two!”
“That dumb guy named Abraham? Ordered to kill his own son. What kind of stupid is that?” “What about Daniel, ordered to be eaten by the lions? What kind of stupid do they think I am to believe a story like that?”“Oh, yeah, here’s a pathetic story. You won’t bow down to my stone image? I’ll fry you! … Oooh, there’s a 4th man in the fire!” “Come on … this is the 21st Century. You really expect me to believe a story like that?” “Wait a minute — I’m supposed to give MY MIONEY away to God? What does He need it for? What kind of stupid do you think I am?”
“I have an idea! Let’s just throw out that Old Testament. Let’s read the red! Now there’s the power! … Uh, wait a minute! What’s this deal? ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life! NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT BY ME!’ I’m not comfortable with that at all. All those very good people that don’t believe that! What is God going to do to them? Fry them in hell? You know what, I’m really uncomfortable with all that! Are you telling me I have to exclusively bow my knee to an angry God who is going to send me to hell if I mess up? I have news for you! I’m not only uncomfortable with this Bible, but I have a friend who really knows spiritual stuff. She’s been talking to me about Yoga, and 14 steps to peace. I’m going to start going with her to her teaching. You see, I’m really more comfortable with a god who loves everybody, and listens to my ideas. After all I can think for myself!“
“So here is what I’m going to do! I’m going to throw out that Old Testament stuff, then I’m going to take all the good stuff from all the religions, throw them together, mix ‘em up, and then I’ll tweak them when something doesn’t suit me. Yep, that’s what I’ll do! When I’m older and done celebratin’ life, I can come back and see if Jesus makes sense. In the meantime, I like this ‘customized gospel.’ It’s really me!!”
Good Luck, Sis. … God Doesn’t Customize!