Turning to God and away from people

December 10, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More

At Experimental Theology, Richard Beck discusses what it means in modern America to “work on” one’s relations with “God.”

The trouble with contemporary Christianity is that a massive bait and switch is going on. “Christianity” has essentially become a mechanism for allowing millions of people to replace being a decent human being with something else, an endorsed “spiritual” substitute. For example, rather than being a decent human being the following is a list of some commonly acceptable substitutes:

  • Going to church
  • Worship
  • Praying
  • Spiritual disciplines (e.g., fasting)
  • Bible study
  • Voting Republican
  • Going on spiritual retreats
  • Reading religious books
  • Arguing with evolutionists
  • Sending your child to a Christian school or providing education at home
  • Using religious language
  • Avoiding R-rated movies
  • Not reading Harry Potter.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. According to Luke, Jesus might call these activities “washing the outside of the cup” (Luke 11:37-41).

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    Here’s a plea to keep Christ in Christmas, but to keep Christianity out. http://i.imgur.com/am3v7.jpg

  3. Mike M. says:

    Erich: “Here’s a plea to keep Christ in Christmas, but to keep Christianity out.” http://i.imgur.com/am3v7.jpg
    Now there’s a movement I could really endorse. Thanks for that link;
    a message that really deserves to “go viral.”

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