|Posted on April 13, 2017 at 3:10 PM|
Yes, we've been gone for so long. We've been outsiders - and still are. "The marginalized" you call us - and you use us to knock off your loving the unlovable off the list. You want to bring Jesus to us hookers, pimps, inmates, gays, drug addicts, homeless and what not. We don't need you to bring us Jesus so you feel better and can tap yourselves on your shoulders. Jesus is already here. Yes, we left our old lives behind, but we are still "we" - and that's alright with God. We went to those nice and fancy church buildings where they all asemble - all those nicely dressed people, some of which we knew too well from their double lives. They "welcome" us, but all the time they let us feel they are something better - and we are not.
Oh, they certainly know how to hide that behind spiritually or wanna-be-psychologically sounding phrases - "You might want to pray about...", "Don't take it personal, but...", "A Christian does not say/wear/do this/does not listen to this music...", "This looks like you're still gay/a hooker/a drug addict/a criminal..." - you get the point.
Then you wonder why so many call Christians hypocrite. Because many of you are. We sure don't need churches and Christians like these and we can smell your true attitude a mile away. This is why we feel much better among our own. Yes, we are Christians now - and certainly not worse ones than you are - and this is why our folks love us like we are. No "but" attached. And vice versa. We do not have to look like a middle class American John Doe in his suit and tie to worship the Lord. We dress up for Him - but that might look different than what you know. Who are you to tell us we should pray about our behavior - meaning to say you are standing on your hill, pretending to be God and having all the truth in the world. You are a sinner like the rest of us, not better, not worse.
When we follow Jesus, we are dead serious about it. We see you spreading much "wisdom" on facebook and telling everybody what should be done - but when we ask you to join us going out on the street to all those wild places where you find those people Jesus loves so much, you give us a trillion excuses why you cannot come along. Teary-eyed snowflakes, that's what you are. Chicken. Your house is not built on a rock and your seed fell among thorns.
So with all of our heart we tell you: Keep on doing whatever you think you should be doing, but leave us and our likes alone. We don't need you. We need Jesus - and we assemble for and with Him and we go to meet Him. Actually, it is pretty easy. He assembled twelve simple men called apostles and told them on the Sermon of the Mount the basics of what a believer in God is all about. This is what we go by.
We have two words for you:
|Posted on September 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM|
I absolutely dislike it when Catholics want to see their name get big. You know them - trying to get every interview on TV and radio, writing books, being on all the Catholic websites, kissing butts of Catholic celebrities so their light will shine on them too, getting pictures with bishops, cardinals, and finally - the Pope. They go on demonstrations - not without letting everyone know so they hit the headlines the next day. If you listen a little to what they are saying, it actually sounds quite shallow. You have heard it before and better. However, those people are really good at marketing themselves. It is all about them. They want to be known and make money out of it. The problem with that: It is actually the opposite of being a humble Catholic who wants to see the name of His Savior and His bride, the Church, known and loved...
|Posted on July 6, 2015 at 5:10 PM|
It amazes me how many people on the internet seem to spend lots of time giving their five cents on anything and everything, probably believing that anybody would really be interested in that. In fact, they change nothing and if that is all they do, they just waste their talents, time and energy big time. The real world is out there, not on the internet. If you want to make a difference in people's lives, talk to them and provide for their needs. It is okay to get some stuff addressed online, but if that is where it stays at, you better throw your laptop into the garbage.
|Posted on July 5, 2015 at 2:55 PM|
Sometimes I get so tired of overly pious Christians. In Germany, we have a saying that means something like "holier than the Pope". I guess this was what Jesus had in mind when He got angry about those who took the laws as something that exist just for itself - and not as a something that was meant for the good of humans (take the healing on Sabbath for example). Maybe this is why so many "out there" still hold on to the belief that Christians are hypocrite. Where there is smoke, there is fire. If you set a law as a goal in and of itself - instead of a means to a goal (holiness) - then you will always fall short of it and look hypocrite asking it of others.
|Posted on October 26, 2014 at 9:25 AM|
As every Sunday, I went to attend the service in the church building around the corner. Walking there and seeing all those nicely dressed up people heading into the same direction, I felt something coming up that I thought had disappeared long ago: the feeling of not belonging there, of being the black sheep of the family.
Not that anybody treated me that way, mind you. But, maybe you can relate to that: there are those niche church people, and then there is you. As hard as you might try, you simply won’t feel like you are one them. More like somebody from a totally different background that those nice folks (thankfully!) have no clue about and that makes you stand out, like it or not.
In front of the church building is a park and usually drunkards, homeless and other “marginalized” (how I hate that word!) hang around there, right in front of the church door. I wonder why we never got the idea to approach them.
I looked from one to the other and actually did not want to attend the service anymore, but spend time with the folks in the park. And then a thought came up: What’s the point in celebrating and worshipping God like a religious club inside a church building when we can be church (instead of “going to church”) by celebrating in that park and inviting those who are present. Afterwards we might enjoy a common lunch with them and share our thoughts and sorrows. Wouldn’t that be a totally different way of worship? Like the way it was meant to be?
Maybe the situation is similar in your church. Maybe you could go out as well and celebrate with those who are most in need of love.
|Posted on September 21, 2014 at 7:45 AM|
We know them all – Christian ministries that beg for money, using more or less sophisticated means of publicity and modern media. You get to see those poor little children with the sad eyes, or they try to get you with all sorts of tearful stories.
Anything wrong with that? Yes, a lot. Besides the fact that we should not abuse pictures of dramatic situations for fundraising, we forget why we are here for at first place, what the center of our focus should be – and what not.
So accepting money is wrong? Not necessarily. Begging for it is.
How that? Look at Jesus and the apostles. Yes, when something was offered to them, they accepted it, but they did not go from house to house telling people stories of their persecuted followers to get them to donate them a couple of coins.
Almost all of the apostles knew some trade – and most likely used it. So can we. We can use simple methods to meet our daily needs and teach others how to do that. Example: Dr. Douglas McIntyre serves as a missionary in Uganda right now. Among others, they lack electricity there. So instead of begging others for money, he learned how to build a simple wind generator by using a barrel – and he taught others how to do that so they don’t have to beg either.
Whatever ministry you are having: Accept what is offered to you, but don’t send out emails asking people to give you money and don’t organize events with the sole purpose to raise cash.
As Christians, our purpose is to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment: leave everything behind, take up our cross daily, love the Lord with all of our hearts; go out, baptize people and make them disciples – and love everyone in word and deed (like by feeding them or teaching them how to get food). The apostles did not care whether or not they received donations. They lived a very simple life – even for the times back then – and look what they did with that.
So can we: Cut it down to the basics. You don’t need to act like a worldly company. We have a love burning within us that is beyond anything the world could possibly offer. We do not share that burning love by raising huge ministries who make millions of dollars, but by loving them, living with them, being there for them and make Jesus become present in us.
Go out and become a true disciple before you call others to. Leave the world behind – and with it worldly methods – and become more like Christ. Jesus did not start a fundraising campaign among the Jews or the gentiles either: He owned nothing and asked for nothing. He taught us to become the lowest of the lowest.
Think back of Mother Theresa. I cannot remember ever having heard from her she wanted money. And yet she saved so many lives – and souls!
We should do no less.