Clergy Confessional (21) Putting Jesus Back Into the Church

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I am so tired of the ridiculous memes I see asking me to share and say amen about putting prayer back into the schools. Enough already! Prayer never left! What this really means is that there are people who want to allow Christian prayer (but no other) in schools so that we can go back to a time when, if you weren’t Christian, you had no voice. What it really means is that these folks are rooting for Sec. DeVos as she attempts to do this very thing by gutting public schools and giving special benefits to those who can afford private religious schools. What it really means is that these folks do not respect the Constitution – unless it is about guns, then they are all for it.

How about this – how about all of these “Christians” who are proclaiming the death of God in our public schools do something about the death of Jesus in their churches? How about focusing on love rather than hate in your sermons and curriculum? How about you read the New Testament passages about loving your neighbor, your enemy, and the illegal immigrant, and then recognize that the the word homosexual isn’t even in our Bible? Why don’t read some books that help explain why the Bible is inspired, but not inerrant?

And why don’t you consider that God did not create men as superior to women, and that there is incredible variety in humanity that should be celebrated? I know that this will fall on blind eyes, and that those who read this and don’t agree with my theology will ignore it. Ignore it at your peril, because I believe that God has created people as equally blessed and gifted, but with differences that have strengths and weaknesses. If you treat them as if they were less human than you are, you will be judged.

I wonder what would happen if the churches that dwell on judgment and hell would take a couple of months to lift up the love and light and spiritual strength of every person in the world? I think that Christian could change the world, and that we would have fewer Atheists and Agnostics, and fewer people would be angry at Jesus because of the many fools who misrepresent Him.

If we put Jesus back into the Church, He might seep out into the world and change lives. He might soften the hearts of those who hate us for the hatred so many false Christians proclaim. Give it a try – you might see a change, not only in the people around you, but in yourself. Peace!

Pastor Steve Ohnsman has served Calvary UCC in Reading, PA since 1999. He has a BA in Religion & Philosophy from Wilmington College of Ohio, an M. Div. from Drew Theological Seminary (NJ), and D. Min. from United Theological Seminary (OH), and a PhD from Alvernia University (PA).

Author: Pastor Steve Ohnsman