Which Way? To the left, to the right, or any way you want

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I got the biggest kick out of seeing these signs the other day. The family and I were heading to Blackhawk Hardware to kill some time, and check out all the cool stuff they have. The shopping center it is at has been getting some work done to it for quite some time, and they had to block off where the sign is in order to work on it a little. Well the way the fence is positioned, you have to walk around it in order to get to the main entrance. I guess to have a little fun with the construction, the owner put these signs up to tell people which way to go based on their political party. I guess for me it depends on the issue because their are times where I would go to the left, and other times I would drift over to the right. I wonder how many people based the way they would walk on their political view. I could see somIMG_20130714_121756_463e left leaning folks avoided the right hand side in order for people not think they loved Bush, or something crazy like that.

Sadly, in recent years, the position of a particular party for many has determines Jesus’ stand on the matter. For example, I remember a church in Kentucky told it members to bring their firearm to church on Sunday in order to promote gun rights in our country. During the last presidential election, two pastors, one on the left, one on the right, told their members who to vote for. Politics in America has become a central part of our life, and we have started to allow our views to be the views of Jesus. This does not only happen in politics, but in other areas of our lives.

Matt Mikalatos wrote a book called My Imaginary Jesus: The Spiritual Adventures of One Man Searching for the Real God. This is a fictional book about his quest to find the real Jesus. In the book, he had projected in his mind what Jesus was supposed to look like, and he found out who he thought was the real Jesus, was not the real Jesus at all. He wrote this about the results of following an Imaginary Jesus:

Your earnest attempts to be committed to your imaginary Jesus actually move you away from Christ.” 1

IMG_20130714_121801_881This is what happens when we decide what Jesus would think based on our own personal political, personal, or favorite media personality (yes, that includes Rush Limbaugh and Chris Matthews). When we allow our views affect what we think Jesus would say, suddenly statements like, “Jesus would be a gun carrying Republican who would serve on the Bush cabinet,” doesn’t seem that far fetched. When we start putting words in His mouth, we grow further away from Him. Another example of this is how should one dress when you go to church? I remember hearing a quote from someone criticizing the way that person dressed for church one Sunday (this person decided to wear shorts), and she said, “Would you want God to come to your house like that?” I almost responded with a yes, I could could less what God wore at my house, but I choose to behave myself. When we put words into the mouth of our God, we actually move ourselves away from where He truly wants us to be.

The real Jesus is inconvenient. He doesn’t always show up when you call. He asks for unreasonable things. He frightens people. He can be immensely frustrating.2

IMG_20130714_121809_457The real Jesus is God who came to earth to repair this broken and lost world. Our focus should not be on what we want Jesus to be, but what He wants us to be.

7 But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, IMG_20130714_121817_373so that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith. 10 My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead. – Philippians 3:5-11

This post is part of the daily challenge.

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1 Mikalatos, Matt (2012-03-16). My Imaginary Jesus: The Spiritual Adventures of One Man Searching for the Real God (p. 84). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

2 Ibid p. 79

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