Friday, May 25, 2007

Confusion In Christianity

The front page of our local paper has devoted recent headlines to exposing problems in a large church, in our area, that has a very famous husband and wife team. She is on Christian TV constantly, they have done an infomercial together, and there are various other places where you might come across their faces.

Televangelists always evoke a cringing feeling in me, especially those of the "health and wealth" type. I feel bad as I think negative thoughts about them, trying to remind myself that God can use all kinds of people and ways to reach the lost, yet suspicion and misgiving lurk beneath the surface of my thoughts.

It is hard to reconcile all that is done in the name of Christianity with actual Christianity. Very often, the truth gets invaded by half-truths and outright lies, resulting in a tangled mess that the average Christian is left to pick through, looking for the thread of truth that still remains, uncorrupted and pure. If simply picking out correct doctrine and practices were all that there was to it, even that would be manageable. However, for every doctrinal issue there are groups of people attached to them. Refuting error quickly becomes refuting people, which quickly leads to defensiveness, hurt feelings, anger, and accusations.

How do Christians form a cohesive community in the face of bad doctrine, charismatic personalities, and the fragility of being flawed humans?

I'll be writing several posts exploring my own experiences and questions about this over the next few days. Feel free to chime in.


jen elslager said...

I think I know who you are talking about. It is an irritating situation. I'll be looking forward to reading your thoughts on this topic in general. It's a serious matter.

Even more of concern than the confusion to Christians is the bad testimony to the unbelieving world.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

I'll chime in. I've got lots to say. Of course, you could just read CS Lewis and get everything I would bring. Not much original from me.

Trish said...

Ditto and amen to both above posts. Whenever I see all the publicity-seeking behavior and such I am reminded of what someone once told me--that he considered THAT taking the Lord's name in vain.

terri said...

Hey everybody.

I am still working on a few posts about this, but I kind of got derailed with life and then this whole atheism thing that I've been sucked into.

I appreciate the comments and look forward to seeing what people might have to say once I actually finish my posts.