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Love God, Serve Me, and Mend.

October 3, 2012

Today on the forum wall in the student center I saw a picture of a sign that read “I love God, I just can’t stand his Fan Club.” There are several problems with this. First is the fact that it is not original–whoever posted it just stole it from the internet. The second thing is that it is humorless and snarky. There is nothing witty about it.

The main problem with it, though, is that it betrays the writer and poster as being whiney. The person comes across as being petty, spiteful, and just plain cranky. God told us to love our neighbors. He never said anything about it being easy.

The phrase “What would Jesus do?”, although cliched, is relevant to this situation. Jesus was the sublimely glorious Son of God who humbled himself to be a carpenter who hung around the working class of Judea. This was probably not an easy job. Between stopping the fights between Matthew the tax collector and Simon the Zealot, listening to Thomas talk about his problems, and finding ways to politely tell St. Peter to calm down, Jesus must have had a hard time loving people. The fact is that people are messy, annoying, petty, spiteful, and hard to get along with. People are boiling cauldrons of vice. Oftentimes the person who points out how everyone else is a boiling cauldron of vice is trying to deflect attention. A false saint points out how bad everyone is; a true saint points out how bad he is, and then starts doing something to change things. The great saints of yore didn’t complain about how bad and petty people were; they already knew that. Instead, they worked on the hard task of trying to help bad people become better people.

Bottom Line: If you really love God, obey his commandments.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2012 3:54 am

    Reminds me of the old Ghandi quote, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

    I find it ironic how you write “The great saints of yore didn’t complain about how bad and petty people were; they already knew that. Instead, they worked on the hard task of trying to help bad people become better people,” right after calling the writer unoriginal, humorless, snarky, “whiney” (I think you mean “whiny”?), petty (interesting how you use the exact word you called out earlier), spiteful, and “just plain cranky.”

    Jeez.

    It’s hypocrisy like that which causes people to say things like “I like Christ’s teachings but I can’t stand his followers.” Think about Matthew 7:16, “By their fruit you will recognize them.” After examining your “fruit” through this post, I feel like I’m looking at someone who isn’t practicing what they’re preaching.

  2. October 8, 2012 12:27 pm

    Loving God includes loving His family or “fan club.” In fact, it includes loving our enemies, whether they be in the club or not. This is a bad statement from all kinds of angles. Mostly, I think it shows immaturity, both emotional and spiritual.
    And truth be told, none of us are practicing what we preach nearly as closely as we ought.

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