We Are A Bit Crazy

We Are A Bit Crazy

It’s been another tumultuous week.  Fires.  Shifting world capitals.  Shooting.  Resignations.  Through all the clutter of the week, I was struck by one news clip I saw this week.  Now, I don’t want to get all controversial on us, we are here to worship Jesus this morning, so bear with me.  As you know, President Trump decided this week to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  I mean, it is where their seat of government is located and the current peace process isn’t going anywhere anyway.  And it’s not like there hasn’t be a Jewish presence in that city since….oh, King David.  Anyway, let’s not get bogged down in the international politics of it.

I saw a clip where a commentator, who thought it was one horrible decision, blamed evangelicals on this move.  And then he attached the word “crazy” to describe them.  I guess us.  Really?  As I thought about it, I decided that perhaps he really did understand us and rightly labeled us as “crazy.”

We are a bit crazy.  We believe that what we celebrate this month took place.  God came to earth as a baby to save us from our sins.  Not sure that’s what he meant, but if it was, then I am a “crazy evangelical.”

We believe that we have a sin-problem on the planet, solved only by God through the person of His Son. Not sure that’s what he meant, but if it was, then I am a “crazy evangelical.”

We believe that the Word of God is the final and authoritative word from the God.  Not sure that’s what he meant, but if it was, then I am a “crazy evangelical.”

He may not have meant all of that, but as I thought about it, my initial anger cooled.  We ought to be those crazy people who believe in God. However, perhaps this commentator was thinking of all the inconsistencies that surface in the lives of those who call themselves evangelicals.  In that we are often guilty.  I’m not sure that’s what he meant, but we can be inconsistent and opinionated and rude.  We don’t always reflect the grace and love of Jesus.

Perhaps this guy understood that we believe something quite different from what he believes and we actually attempt at least to be consistent in putting into practice what we believe.  He just doesn’t like what we believe. And that is what make us “crazy” in his eyes, at least I hope so.

I just pray that especially during this crazy season, he could see some “crazy evangelicals” who love those caught up in a shooting.  Or in a fire. We ought to view those suffering loss with compassion and prayer and action.  We ought to support those evacuated like no other group of people do.  I hope he could get a taste of Jesus in our lives.

I guess I am a “crazy evangelical.”  I’m not sure I’m the reason we are moving our Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem, but I do believe the story of Christmas as told in Luke 2.  Every word of it.  And if that makes me crazy, so be it.  But may my faith in that story help me be filled with grace in all my encounters this week.