Bridezilla & Joe Paterno

“Christ didn’t ask us to be a perfect bride before loving us.”  A friend of mine said this in a sermon once.  This is different than human marriage, in that I needed to be in a place where I could be healthy enough to be romantically tied to someone.  Jesus doesn’t need these restraints, however.  He sees us beyond our tarnished selves and knows that His love is what can truly clean us up.  His perfect love makes us lovable and whole and valued.

The problem comes when the Bride of Christ acts more like The Bridezilla Who Destroyed Japan [Again].

 

I get tired of being the bad guys in the world.  I know we’re all in process of getting better to be around, but can we figure out a {loving} way to keep Westboro Baptist Church-esque people speak for Jesus (or us??)?

WBC is planning on protesting at Joe Paterno’s funeral.  Just let the guy get a respectful burial!  Regardless of if Paterno should have been fired or not, let the dude’s family bury him and embrace their grief.  He still deserves that, whether he did what he should have done in the whole Sandusky fiasco.

I don’t remember Jesus protesting at Lazarus’ funeral.  He certainly could’ve used the opportunity to protest about the Pharisee’s hypocrisy, or Roman leniency towards homosexuality, or Roman soldiers dying in battle.  Nope.  Just tears, grief, and sorrow over the fact that sin and death has touched our world in heartbreaking ways.

Let’s be the kind of Christ followers that have Jesusy kinds of reactions over someone’s death, instead of seeing it as a propaganda photo opp.  I think people would be drawn to Christ because of our “mourning when other mourn” reaction rather than “spit fire and brimstone when people are at their lowest.”

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About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.
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