Growing up in church….

we were taught that Jesus was the answer to all of our problems.  We were taught that there was a circle-shaped hole in our heart and that we had tried to fill it with the square pegs of sex, drugs and rock & roll; but only the square peg of Jesus could fill our hole.  I became a Christian based, in part, on this promise, but the hole never really went away.  To be sure, I like Jesus, and I still follow Him, but the idea that Jesus will make everything better is a lie.  It’s basically biblical theology translated into the language of informercials.  The truth is, the apostles never really promise Jesus is going to make everything better here on earth.  Can you imagine an infomercial with Paul, testifying to the  amazing product of Jesus, saying that he once had power and authority, and since he tried Jesus he’s been moved from prison to prison, beaten, and routinely bitten by snakes?  I don’t think many people would be buying that product.  Peter couldn’t do any better.  He was crucified upside down by some reports.  Stephen was stoned outside the city gates.  John, supposedly, was boiled in oil.  It’s hard to imagine how a religion steeped in so much pain and sacrifice turned into a promise for earthly euphoria.  I think Jesus can make things better, but I don’t think He is going to make things perfect.  Not here, and not now.  What I love about the gospel of Jesus, though, is that it offers hope….

Donald Miller “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”


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