This week, Iâd like to share the work of one of my favorite contemporary theologians, Chad Bird, who writes, âLetâs face it, Christianity is not for everyone.
âIf youâve made such huge strides in holiness that you deem grace a crutch for those still handicapped by sin, if you detect the faint applause of angels clapping their wings at your obedience, if youâve led such an exemplary life that youâve landed a spot on heavenâs honor roll, then youâll feel like youâre slumming in Christianity. Jesus calls poor, miserable sinners, not those who sport homemade halos.
âIf youâve clawed, rung by rung, up the ladder of life. And if you now look down your nose on the masses of good-for-nothings whoâll never be your peers, then youâll have no use for Christianity. Jesus is the God of failures who bled between lawbreakers.
âIf youâre strutting around with a trophy wife on your arm, chest puffed out as you eye the envy of your inferiors, and ever on the prowl for the next conquest in business or bed or boardroom, then Christianity is way below you. The God who kisses the loser in the gutter will only disgust your elevated sensitivities.