Talking Christ out of dying on the cross.

Okay, Jesus. I get it, okay? You love all people, etc. etc. But you’re talking about dying here for these people. Dying for their sins, right? That’s what you said. Listen, do what you want. But just listen to me for a couple of minutes.

So you’re dying for THEIR sins, right? Setting aside the fact that this doesn’t really make any sense to me, let’s be practical for a minute. First, limited audience. How many people are even going to be in town to see this happen. Sin is global, dude. GLOBAL. Even if everyone in town sees you do this and stops sinning, how many is that? A few thousand? At best? Out of the entire world? Talk about a drop in the ocean. It’s not worth it.

Also, talk about giving a drunk a drink! It’s not like people are actually going to stop sinning. You’re dying for their sins right in the middle of them continuing to sin, pal. Think about that! How unfair is that? And also, doesn’t it seem a little pointless? Die for their sins and they start sinning again in what, 30 seconds? Listen Jesus, you just don’t buy a drunk a drink. It’s not right.

Also, why does this all have to fall on your shoulders? Shouldn’t their be some sort of organized initiative or program to reduce sin? There are a lot of good people and good organizations out there. If you don’t do this, someone else will.

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Sounds ridiculous, right? Then why do I have this conversation all the time about the people around us who need help right now?

Have an awesome day.

JDV

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8 thoughts on “Talking Christ out of dying on the cross.

  1. Bill says:

    I believe that Christ’s death on the cross also served as an extreme example to us, a reminder of the crosses he calls us to bear daily – out of genuine, infinite love for everyone. EVERYONE. We are all continually presented with opportunities to bear our own little crosses to help one another every single day. Some crosses are more heavy than others. Some crosses we bear go unnoticed. I often struggle with bearing the cross of giving true, honest compassionate forgiveness to those who have harmed me personally, or harmed (and continue to harm) others knowingly. Other crosses, to your point Jim, involve reaching out a hand to those in need – financially, or through volunteerism, or often by something as simple as a heartfelt smile and hug to someone hurting can be hard for us to do. And, like Christ, we must not moan, complain or brag about the crosses we bear. Rather, bear them with the quiet smile of compassion and love for that person or those people. Christ did not complain when he made the ultimate sacrifice. He did so to provide an example that would resonate forever. Every time we bear our own cross, we honor his act of pure love and giving.

    To quote one of the greatest givers in modern times – Mother Teresa, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love.”

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