Thursday, March 8, 2012

Why I Am a Christian Iconoclast


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Why I Am a Christian Iconoclast
I'm on a mission . . . from God.

by the late Rodney O. Lain
1998


What if half the things ever said
turned out to be a lie...
How will U know the truth?
If U were given all the answers
and U stopped to wonder why...
How will U know the truth?
"The Truth,"  
- Prince


The truly discerning person will look for the Answer in the most unexpected places.

Throughout my short life, I have sought the Answer. The Answer to life. To death. To pain. To suffering. To frustration. And I've found the Answer. The panacea. The end-all and the be-all. The Alpha and the Omega.


It's Jesus.

But not the Jesus you've been taught about. I'm talking about the Jesus best represented by Jesus in the Christian Bible. The "eating and drinking" man. The man who ate with sinners; the prostitutes, the whores, the lepers, the tax collectors.

This represents a God who favors no one.

The God (represented by the man) who was hated by the religious elites. The man who, by his very existence, overturned every single thing that the pious held dear. The man who was, ironically, the definitive Christian iconoclast.

Jesus was the man who saw beyond the ethnic chauvinism of his Jewish compeers and befriended a Samaritan whore, blessing her by giving her the most profound Christian doctrine ever created:

The time is coming when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, and that time is here already. You see, the Father too is actively seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth - John 4: 23-24, New Century Version

This was a man who was a friend of the friendless and was an enemy of the religious.

As I looked for this Jesus, I was sidetracked by religion - i.e., the preachers, "teachers," "evangelists," and other hireling-hucksters trying to make a buck off the Gospel by controlling people with biblicism and other forms of legalism.

It took me 30 years to realize that much of organized Christianity is designed to keep our wheels spinning. We are told to live the Gospel, but in the churches we are led to believe that the process of living this Gospel is a vicarious one: we are told that we are to live it by paying homage (and money) to an overclass of men and women "ministers" to preach, teach, baptize and proselytize - in effect, our mission is to pray and pay, they tell us. They tell us that we need church to survive spiritually. That we need the Bible. That we need their interpretations of the Bible.

I'm here to tell you that it ain't so, if you'll excuse the grammar.

Take a moment to listen to me and to my friends. Don't answer this matter before hearing it. Allow us to argue our case for pure, simple, Jesus-only Christianity. What do you have to lose? Silver and gold we do not have, but we do have this to give to you: In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, take up your bed and walk - away from your dead life in a dead church and into a vibrant life of loving your neighbor, the way you were meant to love them: without an organizational church needlessly intermediating between you and God.

Heed and remain mindful of my favorite Scripture, Isaiah 1:18: "Come and let us reason together.

Grace and peace be unto you.

Rodney O. Lain,
Somewhere in Minnesota...

3 comments:

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    1. You are right the organized church is broken. We need to turn back to the basics Christ taught. We need to quit seeking the material and start seeking God with all of our beings. We need to pray that God's Holy Spirit, the Comforter, that Christ told us he would send will fill our hearts and lives. Only then can we be centered. We need the love of Christ in us to touch others.
      Linda

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  2. My father is a minister and I have begun to see that many things he was taught and later assimilated into our church and to the masses was wrong. When I ask him to look at many many scripture in which Jesus told us the truth about the folks who would try to take over the world, it is too humbling, embarrassing and so deeply intrenched into his heart and mind, he now does not know how he could possibly reverse his stances. To do this he will have to leave his fellow church members and go against what they think as a whole! As a person who is most interested in what Jesus said as opposed to saving face, it will tell me a lot if he stands up for truth or continues with the lie. The truth set me free but I am not sure he will see it that way. Please continue to pray that as we try to expose the lies we have learned about our country, let us pray harder for the awakening of our fellow Christians! Both are difficult but something tells me awakening of our congregations will be the hardest thing to do. Keep up the message of truth which is in the word and not the world!

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