Bad Christian Hasn’t Accomplished Anything and Jesus is Pissed.

Some people still don’t get it.

It just doesn’t matter what we say.  Where ever we go, whatever we write or however we try to explain ourselves, the same question always comes up in one of the various forms:

1.  Do you guys even care about “being good?”

2.  You guys are ridiculous.  Don’t you know what the bible says about striving for holiness? 

3.  ”Bad Christian?”  Isn’t that an insult to what Jesus accomplished on the cross?  He died to make us spotless.  We get to claim His righteousness now and He was perfect; thus, we’ve been perfected.  

Paul calls himself the least of the apostles, the worst of sinners, and a wretched man.  If you don’t consider yourself a “Bad Christian,” welcome to the “better than Paul” club!

So let me break it down.  For all you sports fans, hopefully this hits home.  Jesus is 1 – 0.  We are 0 – 1, and that’s actually a pretty generous pronouncement for believers.  Most of us are like 0 – 1,101,798.

I’m like 0-17, but that’s besides the point.  I’ve sinned 17 times.  I’ll write a post on all 17 at some point, but the worst one was when i mumbled under my breath, “no, YOU do YOUR homework” to my teacher in the 3rd grade.

As humans, our  record never changes in the win column.  I just keep losing and losing and losing.  But, that record doesn’t matter anymore.  The only record is Jesus’ “undefeated season” and the fact that He lets me claim His record as my own.

So, now that I’ve claimed His righteousness as my own, I am considered good, right?  Little problem here.  Last time I checked, I haven’t gone a day without sinning.  This certainly doesn’t qualify me as good.  In fact, it seems as if it makes me bad.  Jesus won everything, gave me His victory and the strength to overcome but I still sin (intentionally and unintentionally).  So, let me personally answer the three questions I’ve listed above.

1.  YES I care about being good.  No offense, but that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.  Jesus gave me everything.  Hell yeah, I want to do good.

2.  Yeah, i know what the bible says about holiness.  ”Be Holy for I am Holy.”  You read that in 1 Peter 1:16.  Did you also read in the previous verse (v.13) when it says to “set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.”  Sure, I’m going to try and be Holy, knowing that I will sin; and I’ll never put hope in my holiness.  There’s no such thing.

3.  An insult to Jesus?  Absolutely not.  Matt, Toby and I talk about what He “did, does and will do” all the time.  We also talk about what we “did, do, and will do” and afraid to say, it’s not the best report.  And that’s the point.  Because of Jesus, we don’t have to be “afraid to say.”  For all you’s twitter folks, #grace!

 

Why is this so hard?  Sure, we are saints because Jesus says we are.  But, do you really think Jesus flips out when we say we’re Bad Christians?   Can you imagine Jesus saying, “HOW DARE THEE, a mere mortal, maketh light of what i’ve hath done for thine.”  I actually see him commenting more along these lines:

Bad Christian, eh?  Well, you guys sure as heck aren’t good (with a wink and smile on His face).  As long as you are aware of your freedom and the fact that your sins are no longer counted against you, I guess calling yourselves “bad” points to my glory and to what I’ve done for you.  And at the end of the day, that’s the glory people need to respond to.  They certainly aren’t going to benefit from any glory you try to keep for yourself.  Bad Christian.  Yeah.  I like it.

 

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