Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

who do you really love?

10/31/11

A great portion of the Christian community talks endlessly about Jesus but then lives consistently like Moses. They proclaim a love of Jesus but then reject His instructions on abundant living in favor of religious rule keeping, a la Moses.

With its endless preoccupation with a future return of Jesus the church treats the earthly ministry of Christ 2000 years ago as little more than an early announcement that He would be back later to bring about the real deal. Part and parcel of this reverence for Moses is the obsession that much of Christianity has with the nation of Israel, its physical temple, and the Judaic religious system in general. It would appear that many believe that all Jesus accomplished was to establish a new, additional branch of the chosen people, one identified by ritualistic performance just like the Jews.

The Hebrew writer may have proclaimed a call to Mount Zion as opposed to Mount Sinai (Hebrews 12:18-22) but  many Christians still cling tenaciously to the Ten Commandments as their rule and guide. No one ever talks about how these guidelines were never given to Gentiles, per se, though obviously many of these precepts are almost universally recognized. How often do we hear Christians asking that words of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount be posted in the courthouse? It has never happened to my knowledge. What Jesus revealed was as different from Moses as night is from day.

Instead of anything new (I Corinthians 5:17), so called Christianity perfectly reflects the principles of Moses: a ritualistic institutional religious system, human religious leaders, and a performance based standard of acceptance (this is what you must do to be a Christian). In each of these aspects the religion of Christianity is no different than most of the other world religions, depicting a deity which rewards and punishes based on required performance parameters.

Another piece of evidence that many so called Christians are really followers of Moses is the current denial by some in the church that Christianity supports democratic principles. Lately it has been proclaimed that Christianity is not the basis for human government based on liberty and equality but rather should rightfully lead to a theocratic government controlled by the morally superior, i.e. Christians. In this vein many professing Christians are reinterpreting the history of this country, attempting to demonstrate that the founding fathers never intended to establish a democracy. Supposedly, they recognized that government by the majority would inevitably challenge the status quo economically and religiously, thus threatening Christian Orthodoxy and its preference for a theocracy.

Jesus condemned the religious of His day saying in Mark 7:6 that they honored him with their lips, but their heart was far from Him. I see little reason why this same charge could not be leveled against the church today.