Could somebody PLEASE talk about JESUS?!?!?

I felt you all have been left rant-free for a while, so here is one.

Recently I’ve been struck by the way that people who call themselves Christian so rarely talk about Jesus from pulpits or in lectures, or even seek to see His hand in Biblical texts. Now, I’ll admit up front that this may be a little unfair in many cases, as I don’t know the state of peoples’ hearts, but if you love somebody, wouldn’t you talk about him?

Now, I’m not in a couple (single Christian women who think I’d be a good match for them, please click on my address), but I do note that in the first flushes of the relationship, and even in the later development of the relationship, people talk about the other person. So it makes me wonder if Christians actually really care about Christ. If they did, wouldn’t He be more than a passing idea in the back of their head? I mean, shouldn’t the grounding of our grace, the only righteousness in which we stand before a Holy God, and the precious salvation we have from the punishment we so richly deserve, at least get a passing mention in circumstances that actually warrant it?

I’m not saying we should be like “how about them [sports team] and by the way, isn’t Jesus awesome?” (though that too can sometimes be appropriate), but in the name of all things Holy, when we’re in pulpits, or speaking about Christian responses to the environment or injustice, isn’t our thinking about Jesus important? Isn’t this pertinent?

After all, if the Bible is correct (and it is), He is the image of the invisible God; this whole universe was created by Him and for Him (Col 1:16). Jesus is not merely a way to God (though He is the way to God), HE IS GOD!!! He is the valuable thing about Christian faith, He is what we can bring to the discussion, it’s the hope in Him that both empowers and guarantees the quashing of injustice, the redeeming of creation, and the saving of this world from its own immorality. Our opinions and powers mean squat next to Jesus.

So let’s actually talk about Him. What does He say to our situation? How is the scriptural text speaking about Him?

Because in the end, we will not be singing praises to the Church, or to our own opinions and works for justice.

In the end “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:10-11)

Let’s start with that now, shall we?

Author: Stephen Dawe

Steve is a part-time vocational elder Calvary Baptist Church, St. John's as well as a full-time student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in the Religious Studies Department.