Friday, March 26, 2010

How Do You Know If Your Jesus is Too Safe?

"What people don’t realise is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross." -- Flannery O'Connor

I was reminded of that quote today while reading the comments under this post on Brian McLaren at Matthew Paul Turner's place.

One way to tell if your Jesus is too safe is if you can't fathom that he'd come from a God of wrath, from a God who demanded blood atonement to give us his holiness. No, instead the cross was about God "saving us from ourselves."

I hope one thing God saves us from is our desire to domesticate him.

1 comment:

Justin said...

I have to admit to being a little taken aback by the impressive amount of either/or that's in the thread (and from others): Either Jesus is the kind, loving, Savior who lets you cry on his shoulder -- or he's the vengeful one who has an itchy trigger finger ready to blow everyone up. We create characters for dimestore novels with more depth and complexity than how we view God's character at times.

Thanks for the reminder :)