So while I don’t know if he actually said the crude and confrontational words in this graphic, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised.
Either way, let’s take a few minutes to examine the quote:
1. No, Christians DON’T worship a “dead Jew” – certainly not Christians who are serious about their faith. They (and I’m one of them) worship a living person who transcends any kind of “organized religion” — even Christianity.
How do I know Jesus lives? First of all, I know He rose from the dead after his crucifixion by Roman authorities. In a letter to early Christians, Paul, a missionary who spread Christianity throughout the Mediterranean, wrote. “After [His resurrection], Christ appeared to more than 500 other believers at the same time. Most of them are still living today, but some have died.”
In other words, Paul is telling his readers that if they don’t believe him about Jesus coming back from the dead, there are hundreds of people who can back him up. That strikes me as very, very credible.
Increasing the credibility of this fact is that Jesus predicted all this. In one of the four Bible accounts of his life, Jesus told his followers that,“I, the Messiah, am going to be betrayed and killed and three days later I will return to life again.”
2. Now you might be saying “So what? That was 2,000 years ago. Where is he now?” Great question. Now, Jesus is where He told His followers He would be – in Heaven, (a) advocating for people who follow Him, (b) living in their hearts and (c) changing their lives.
A section of the Bible, called ‘Hebrews’, addresses this: “So Christ can save those who come to God through him. Christ can do this forever, because he always lives and is ready to help people when they come before God.”
Blogger Steve Simms writes about this on his website (http://stevesimms.wordpress.com/), noting “I have personally known hundreds of people who have been transformed and set free through an encounter with Jesus, including dozens of drug addicts and alcoholics.”
3. By now, I’m sure you have an idea about what I’m gonna write about the “on a stick” part of the Carlin quote. Yes, churches almost always have a cross prominently displayed. Yes, many Christians have a cross somewhere on their bodies (mine is a Celtic cross, connecting to my Irish heritage, that I wear around my neck).
But I certainly don’t worship the cross and neither do any Christians I know. We need and want to see it often because we want and need to be reminded that we, like every other human being (including you) have missed the mark of who God wants us to be. We’ve fallen short, ignored the love of our creator, gone our own way and messed up — often in ways we can’t see.
The cross reminds us of what Jesus did for us — His sacrificial death wipes our slate clean with God. When we believe in and follow Jesus, God sees us as He sees His son — perfect, without a single blemish.
So what do you think? Post your thoughts below and let’s have a conversation.