Monday, August 6, 2012

Christian Horror Show

Sometimes, watching American Christianity can be akin to spending a Saturday watching the classic B-movies which defined the horror genre.

Some Christians are vampires, unable to look in the mirror and see themselves as the sinners they are. They may talk like a Christian, but the cross is to them a danger: they are fine with believing the Jesus had to die for humans in general, but they do not see themselves as being all that bad. This leads to a feeling of moral superiority and, generally, judgmentalism.

Some Christians are like the Invisible Man. They love to talk about their faith but when time comes to do some work for Jesus, and you look around for them, they are no where to be found.

Some Christians are werewolves, indistinguishable from anyone else in the world on most days. Once a month or so they show up and post something Christiany on Facebook or give a homeless guy a couple of bucks, and feel good about themselves.

Some Christians are like Frankenstein's Monster. (Personal pet peeve: don't call the Monster "Frankenstein". Frankenstein was the doctor. The Monster had no name.) Like Frankenstein's Monster, their faith is built from a whole bunch of unrelated parts, making a hideous form of personal theology. I'm a big fan of sola scriptura, but when someone decides on their theology before bothering to read the Scripture or study its context, they can end up with a completely incoherent worldview which has little or no relation to the teachings of Jesus, Peter, Paul, John, and the other New Testament authors.

Some Christians are like zombies. They are saved by Christ but never bother trying to be anything more than undead; they wander around living a sinful life which is damaging to their spirituality, and their main goal seems to be to spread their Christian zombism to others. After all, if other Christians also live the same lifestyle then it must be okay.

So what should Christians be? The real state of the Christian is, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. We are dual creatures, simultaneously sinner and saint, simul justus et peccator, capable of great good and great evil. Everything in our flesh is sinful and selfish and greedy and impure: we are all Mister Hyde, and will do evil exactly to the greatest extent that we can get away with. But God through Christ created within us a Doctor Jekyll as well, capable of doing great good in the world. One day, we will leave this world just as Jekyll did, and Mister Hyde will be gone forever.

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