In the beginning
OK! So if I’m really going to do this Godblogger thing I think I should start at the very beginning. (Please ignore any images of Julie Andrews you may be experiencing at this moment). I believe in the oft repeated and sometimes abused phrase “Jesus is my savior”. Its important and you should know that everything I say and do here will hopefully reflect that fact.
That being said, there are a few things about this whole Jesus saves routine you should know. First, some background. God is not the Chairman of an exclusive country club reserved for white protestants and black pentecostals. God made everyone in His image. Key word here is everyone (even icky people). He made me and He also made you – and He’s really happy with the result. But, here’s the deal, God is perfect. He is Good. In fact, He’s perfectly good. And as a result He can’t even be in the vicinity of anything bad – and for us, that’s not good.
Now let’s clarify something up front. God did not choose to be good. God is not striving to be good, God is not an example of all things good. God IS good. It’s like saying light is bright. The light is not trying to be bright. The light makes no effort to be bright, it just is bright. By definition. Light is bright, water is wet, mountains are high, stars are far, etc. You get the point.
OK, so if God is all good, it means He cannot exist in the presence of bad. Any bad. Even tiny bits of bad. There is no patch of dark around a light. There is no dry spot in a volume of water. Its not that the light is rejecting the dark, or the water thinks it’s better than the dry, they are just mutually exclusive. God does not reject people who sin, its just that sin cannot be in his presence. Again, they’re mutually exclusive.
So, if God cannot be in the presence of even the slightest bit of sin, we’re screwed. (BTW – I checked Wikipedia and its ok to say screwed as long as you mean “in big trouble”.) Anyway, God made us to be good and He really likes what he made. It’s just that we messed up. Its our fault, not his. So God did not walk away from us, we walked away from Him. And there’s no going back. Bummer.
Now this is where Jesus comes in. He is perfect. He is good. He is perfectly good. And, He did something that should just blow you away. He found a loophole in the way things are that says perfectly good people can take the blame for those who aren’t. So He did. That’s it. That’s the deal. In fact that’s the whole deal. It ain’t any more complicated than that. You are not all good, but Jesus is. He took the hit for you and now you can now be all good too. Its like your mom used to do. You know, when you had a smudge on your face. She would take her thumb, lick it and give you a spit bath. She wiped the dirt off you and on to her. You got clean while she took the dirt. Granted it was usually in a restaurant, it hurt and was embarrassing, but you get the idea.
To summarize, 1) God is clean. 2) Jesus is clean. 3) We are not. 4) Jesus offers us a spiritual spit bath. 5) We can hang out with God because we are no longer a mess. Clearly an over simplification – kinda like saying the speed of light is fast – but you get the idea.
Oh, and one last thing. For those of you who still think christianity is a screwed up country club…well, you may be right, but Jesus doesn’t belong to it. He really loves you and wants to clean you up so you can hang with God the Father. He wants to do it for you and its a free gift – no strings attached.
So please, don’t try and reason your way out of this. Take just 5 minutes and go with it. Suspend disbelief and allow yourself a moment to believe its true. Ask Him about it. I’m not kidding. Go into a quit place – all alone, so you don’t feel like an idiot – and just say something like, “Hey, Jesus. If your really here I’d like to know that. I have messed up, but I’m told you can fix that. I’d really appreciate it if you would. I’ll try and not mess up anymore. Perhaps you could help me with that.”
Try it. Go ahead. What have you got to loose? More importantly, what have you got to gain? I promise that you will experience something you never expected.
And finally (yeah!). For those who of you who are thinking, “There is no way in hell (pun intended) I’m going to do that”. Then … fine. Be that way.
No, I’m kidding. That’s ok. I totally get your reluctance. You’ve seen too much christianity to fooled by the likes of me. Well, stick around. I’m going to blather on about lot’s of God topics that you might find interesting. I won’t shy away from tough ones and I promise not to pull any punches. I’ll tell it like I think it is and you can turn your brain on and test me to see if I’m right.
Until then, be good. (Get it? Man, I crack me up)
The “Before” Picture