To look at the Evangelical church, (of which I have been a part of close to 30 years), you would think that Jesus had a lot to say about modern day social and political issues. So lets put some words in Jesus’ mouth according to the “gospel” of American evangelicalism.
“My Father in Heaven wants you to be rich, and healed, and the head and not the tail.”
“Truly, truly I say to you that a woman who uses birth control is worse than a trollope, she is a slut. Make sure your taxes don’t give her free birth control.”
“if one is poor, or needy or is a single parent, do not encourage them, by giving them anything. They made their bed, thus they need to layeth in it.”
“If thou be my follower, thou must protest and picket abortion clinics. Telleth them they are damned to hell if they do not repent.”
“Likewise, followeth the lead of my prophets that tell sodomites that they are hated by My Father. Maketh sure that they feel condemned and shamed. Do not alloweth any law to protect even the youngest of them. Bullying laws are just a plan of the enemy to spread the ho-mo-sex-ual agenda.”
“America is the New Israel. I care more about America than any other country, therefore maketh fundamentalism the religion of America.”
“If thou dost not vote, or if thou voteth for anyone but a tea party republican, thou commitest a great abomination.”
Is this the Jesus of the Bible, the One that so many “Bible believers” claim to follow? In Bible I read Jesus says the following…
“If someone strikes you on one cheek offer him the other cheek as well.”
“If someone forces you to go one mile, go two.”
“Love the Lord, your God with all your being.”
“Love those who hate you and do good to them.”
“Love your enemies.”
“Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
And Jesus’ life exemplified mercy, grace, forgiveness, selfless giving, compassion, unconditional love. He lifted people up, showed them a better way, was incredibly patient. This is the Jesus I follow and try (so very poorly) to imitate.
We need to change our approach, and we need to repent of our “us against them” mentality, and repent of our pride. We need His grace to apologize to the world for not loving them, and for not presenting to them the Jesus found in Scripture.