Jesus Concepts — rambling thoughts

I’ve been wearing a black long sleeve shirt that says “I AM A CHRISTIAN” in bold white letters all weekend — it was a reference to a song that Newsong sang at the Winter Jam concert a couple of Friday nights ago.

It took hours for me to not cross my arms over my chest, blocking the letters.

I feel as though I’ve been given a very watered down version of Christianity, and there’s a Jesus-concept that I’ve been struggling with since I began The Bible Project reading plan but only figured out how to put into words a couple of mornings ago when reading Deuteronomy 12.

Summary: Deuteronomy is a call to covenant faithfulness — Moses’ final speech in which he recaps their journey from Egypt and gives some final instruction (or at least that’s what it is as far as I’ve read).

So, 12:2-3 reads like “destroy completely all the places…where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods.  Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones…”

Thinking contextually, this was a uber rough time period, right?  Conquer-or-die, and this was addressed to the Israelites, God’s chosen people.  They were called to a higher standard of living in hopes that they would a) live up to their end of the covenant with God and b) live as an example to the other nations.

My struggle isn’t with the violence.

My struggle is with the fact that Christians today attempt to justify tolerance of other religions in the name of love and peace, but does tolerance and acceptance of those other beliefs compromise our own?  Light cannot exist with darkness, and we’re called to profess not only truth but THE Truth.



  1. Scripture is clear that God does not change. The dispensation of His will and work however does have to be considered in context. So when we read about the Israelites, living as a people but also a nation under the authority of priests and elders, we might ask “do we fit that same context?”. Are we currently governed by priests and elders of Christ’s church and is His Word the rule of law? The answer does not change God’s standard. It forces us to consider how it should be applied.

    Totally agree that we should be holy, meaning ‘set apart’ from the pursuits and desires of this world. To stand for His truth. But Christ also told us to preach, to spread the gospel of salvation by faith in Christ alone, to the sick and the lost, as we once were. We cannot do that completely isolated in a homogeneous safehouse, surrounded by only those of like mind.

    Doesn’t give us permission to engage in sin in an attempt to fit in with sinners. We are to remain holy. It does challenge us to see unbelievers as captives rather than enemies.


    1. Captives rather than enemies…

      Never thought of it like that, but you are so right. And when you see someone as a captive, it’s difficult to show any other emotion than love and compassion.

      Thanks for a better perspective.


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