My bride and I are teaching a CCD class of fifth and sixth graders. The kids are a joy: inquisitive and bright. One of the topics last evening was the Trinity. When we came to Jesus we described him as the Son of God. One of our students later asked if Mary was the only human conceived without sin, what about Jesus. I replied that Jesus was also conceived without sin, but that we could never encompass Jesus just among humans since he was both God and Man. My bride then quoted Scripture: “A Man like us in all things but sin.” The great question for all of us remains that one posed by Jesus twenty centuries ago: “Who do you say that I am?” Christopher Johnson, a non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so frequently in defense of the Church that I have named him Defender of the Faith, at his blog, Midwest Conservative Journal, attacks one of the most common mistaken answers to that question by contemporary leftists:
You know what would be awesome, asks New York Times
über-douche columnist Nick Kristof. If Christians didn’t have to believe a bunch of stupid rules and stuff:
One puzzle of the world is that religions often don’t resemble their founders.
I now officially have a bad feeling about this.
Jesus never mentioned gays or abortion but focused on the sick and the poor, yet some Christian leaders have prospered by demonizing gays.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Slow WAY down there, cowboy. “Demonizing gays?” Really? You really want to go there, Nick? News flash. For 2,000 years, Christians taught that homosexual activity was a sin. There, I said it. And if you think that telling someone that his alcoholism is destroying himself and his family or suggesting that maybe he might want to think about not doing his best friend’s really hot and quite underage daughter on a regular basis is “demonizing,” then yeah, guilty as charged, Nick.
It’s what actual Christians are supposed to do.
By the way, Nick, if you’re interested, here’s a partial list of other stuff that Jesus “never mentioned.” Genocide, overdue library books, racism, recycling, fracking, using fossil fuels, running with scissors, Mohammed, nuclear war, jaywalking, preventing global warming, preventing global cooling, preventing global lukewarming, the “human right” of men who claim that they’re women to use women’s rest rooms, Donald Trump, “Islamophobia,” Whole Foods’ criminally-excessive mark-up, why anyone anywhere thought Seinfeld was funny, gender pay equity, Hillary Clinton, the inanity of Twitter, the fact that über-airhead Maureen Dowd still has a New York Times column, “homophobia,” the fact that St. Louis doesn’t have an AHL team while Chicago, Toronto and San Jose do, suicide bombings, political corruption, “transphobia,” the University of Oregon’s football uniforms, driving while intoxicated, blogging while intoxicated, putting free tampons in men’s bathrooms, the NFL, etc.
Do you see where I’m going with this, Nick? Of all the weak arguments in the leftist Christian arsenal, the “Jesus never said anything about it” dodge is pretty much the single weakest arrow in their quiver. But Nick’s not worried. Because he’s got some serious Christian firepower backing him up.
“Our religions often stand for the very opposite of what their founders stood for,” notes Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor, in a provocative and powerful new book, “The Great Spiritual Migration.”
“No wonder more and more of us who are Christians by birth, by choice, or both find ourselves shaking our heads and asking, ‘What happened to Christianity?’” McLaren writes. “We feel as if our founder has been kidnapped and held hostage by extremists. His captors parade him in front of cameras to say, under duress, things he obviously doesn’t believe. As their blank-faced puppet, he often comes across as anti-poor, anti-environment, anti-gay, anti-intellectual, anti-immigrant and anti-science. That’s not the Jesus we met in the Gospels!”
McLaren is as much of a Christian as Oprah Winfrey. Nick’s piece just gets dumber and dumber so I’m going to bail out now. But I’ll leave you with the fact that while there are a lot of sins that Jesus never directly mentioned, there were quite a few sins that He did mention. And none of that latter group of sins, Nick, will sit well with Millennials.
Take adultery. According to Jesus, adultery is not just bumping uglies with that hot woman you’re not married to. If you see a woman in the grocery store, say, and you think, “Boy, what I wouldn’t give to be able to hit that” then congratulations. You’re officially an adulterer.
Murder is bad? So is being angry with someone.
Just can’t keep your eyes off this really hot divorced chick one pew over? Not such a hot idea.
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.