Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Religion of Man

For those that followed the Steelers/Bills game, you may have caught this tragic moment:



That night, Steve Johnson posted this on his Twitter account:

I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…
The same mouth that supposedly praised God now curses and blasphemes Him.  Johnson is a symptom of a much larger disease, as we are living in a period where Evangelical Christianity has morphed into little more than a man-centered self-help counseling program--a religion that caters to the sinful selfishness of man.  In this religion, God is good insofar as we are enjoying some blessing from Him, yet He ceases to be good when we don't get what we want.

A few lessons:

1. We may be Christians, but we are still human.  We still have limitations, and (despite what Johnson may believe about himself) he is not all-powerful.  He has flaws, and always will. Even in Heaven we will be limited and finite. Like Eve, Johnson is angry that he is not like God.

2. It is not about us...it never has been.  Johnson wanted to catch that football for his glory, not God's.  It is easy to thank God for a successful moment, and when crowds of people praise us it is easy to throw God a little positive comment.  But it is much more difficult to praise him in our failures--but it is in such moments that our faith (or lack thereof) is truly seen.

3. We are to praise God for who He is, not what we want from Him.  If God is not enough for us, no amount of successfully caught footballs will ever fill that void.

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