I am swamped this week. Like I am SO BUSY. So naturally, this is the best time to make time to walk to Immac and write a blog post while drinking a cafe au lait.
I’ve seen a lot of people, lots of Christians that have recently used comparisons to talk down potentially dangerous activities, political ideas, or even sins.
Here’s an example I hope won’t be super controversial. Don’t worry, I’ll offend some people in a few paragraphs (:
In the current political climate, people all over the aisle have attempted justify certain actions with statements such as, “Well that’s not as bad as what so-and-so did,” or “Hey let’s ignore this action and focus instead on what the other side did.”
Okay, even if the second action was worse, do we not see the absolute absurdity of this way of thinking?
For example, statistically cancer is deadlier than heart attacks. Obviously, I should ignore a heart attack if it comes, right? My granddad had a heart attack last week, and obviously it was a big deal.
Let’s turn the topic back to politics. Why is it so difficult for us to condemn violence by Nazis and ANTIFA? By Republicans, Democrats, and (a very minuscule amount of) Libertarians? Why does one side have to be worse? Even if one is worse, why can’t both be bad? Most agree that Hitler was worse than Mussolini, but that doesn’t mean we’re giving Mussolini the “Dictator of the Year” award, does it? (Obviously the Italians didn’t bestow that award upon him, as they executed him without trial and hung him upside down in the town square. Maybe they gave it to him posthumously?)
Let’s get more controversial.
Game of Thrones is wildly popular, even among Christians, despite its graphic nature that includes (But is not limited to) incredible violence that makes Gladiator look tame, frequent sex scenes, and more than one scene about rape.
In other words, all the things Christians supposedly abhor. Yet, we give GoT a pass. It’s “entertainment”, we say. It’s not as bad as porn either.
So were Roman gladiator fights, which often pitting Christian slaves against one another. They got a pass because they were entertainment, no?
I think we’ve fallen further and further from the correct comparisons. We compare our entertainment, thoughts, and actions against whatever makes us look best. We conveniently forget to compare ourselves to Jesus. Doing that would make us look too sinful.
Plus, doesn’t the Bible tells like 100 times that being like Jesus is just for super-Christians and the rest of us should just settle for being slightly better than the world? (Why yes, that was a sarcastic statement, how did you know?)
“But Will, Christians aren’t doing this!”
If you have time, please go read John Piper and Kevin DeYoung’s articles on GoT, comments included. There are just as many people bashing their beliefs as responding affirmatively. Both articles were published on Christian websites, with comments written predominantly by Christians. I’ll link the articles. Just a warning though, some of the comments are truly heartbreaking.
Let’s compare ourselves to Jesus in all his perfection. Remembering that we fall short, but there is grace. I’ve gone on too long, but I’ll end with two pieces of Scripture.
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9 NASB)
“But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:13-14)