When I was twelve, I tried to convert my friend, Tony, from Judaism to Christianity because, well, if he wasn’t like me, he was going to hell. He was cool about it, but stayed Jewish. It took me years to understand why it didn’t work and why it was a jerk move on my part. I didn’t know anything about his faith, his culture, or that we believed a lot of the same things. He actually was more like Jesus than most Christians.
This same thing happened a lot, with bunches of people. And eventually I realized that if they couldn’t see Jesus in how we talked and acted, something had gone wrong. Then recently, I heard a sermon that started with the words, “I’m a Christian because I’m an a-hole.” I thought, Well, that makes sense. But I still didn’t know why being a Christian seemed to make so many of us even bigger a-holes.
So I decided to try and figure it out, and there were two things I came to realize right away: we Christians take ourselves way too seriously, and we aren’t generally that honest with ourselves about our own issues. So to get things going, I’ll start…
Hi, I’m Christian, and I’m an a-hole. But I’m working on it.