I hate working with the LIU (Lincoln Intermediate Unit). They use edible reinforcers like obesity and degradation don’t exist. “Come sit for an M&M Johnny.” *Shake M&M container* Could they get anymore pathetic? If a child won’t do something they are supposed to do because they are told to do it, we’re failing. Bribes are pitiful. There is no value in their compliance, if they comply due to bribe. At least to me. But we’ve got a “whatever works” kind of idea these days in education, raising kids, and even religion. It seems sometimes we’ll use whatever we have to get people to buy our religion. We truly live in a society completely overtaken by consumerism, don’t we? We buy and sell our products regardless of what they be rather than actually having to dialogue. Shame.
I read one another blog that Christianity must devalue life to win converts. I have to disagree. It doesn’t have to, people often do though don’t they? I have complained many times about the whole “it’ll get fixed when the Lord comes back” mentality that leaves many Christians complacent and actually hoping for death. They are being shown the M&M that is eternal life with God and lose all focus on the here and now. And do those kinds of bribed actions have merit to God? Well, you know my opinion. No. I don’t think God says that however you come about doing right, it’s right. God looks on the heart. Are you doing good for the reward or are you doing good because you love God?
And this is where I think it’s important that we see the tiny but important shift. Are you doing good because you love God? If you value God, you’ll value life. Bear with me. Whose image are we made in as people? Who are we supposed to represent on this earth as Christians? God. We are precious. We are beautiful. And we are God’s body on earth. How will anyone know God if we do not show them what God is supposed to be? We try to fear and guilt people into getting saved, but is it salvation? Is it salvation to say: “God, if you’re there, please don’t damn me to hell” or “God, I really want that M&M someday, please give it to me.” What kind of Christian life does that lead to? I don’t think that’s Christianity and I don’t think that’s Christ.
How much does God love us to send God’s son to die for us? For God to feel the pain of loss with us? That’s where God is. God is in the pain with us. God is with the sufferer. If you want to bring people to Christ instead of telling them their worthless, filthy sinners try showing them God’s love by manifesting God in your own life. That’s what it really means to be Christ-like. To be willing to show people that your body, your life is not worthless; it can manifest God. If we are God’s hands, God’s feet; how the hell could our lives be any more important?
Everything you do manifests God. The good and the bad. What did we talk about with the shootings? Where was God? Why does God allow these things to happen? Right? But change the scenario just a little bit and have someone change that man’s life, and Christians would be talking about how gracious God is. Am I right? When people do despicable things, we question God. When people do heroic things, we praise God. God is built by what we do here. We are participating in building the God that the world perceives. It’s time that we Christians come to grip with that fact. This world is our place to manifest and build a God that others will be drawn to. A God that others will love and want to be a part of. That was what Christ did for us. He showed us God by living His human life in service of others, in sacrificial love with others.
The only people who weren’t intrinsically drawn to Him was the church. Let’s piss them off.