Welcome to our interactive study, this will only be as good as your participation I look forward to your participation. If at all possible please read chapter 1 of the book When Christians Get It Wrong by Adam Hamilton. You can also watch the sermon based on the chapter When Christians are Unchristian, preached by Reverend Hamilton. Please also remember the ground rules I poached from Allan R. Bevere: This is a place to reflect upon important (and some not so important) matters. If you read something you disagree with, don’t get angry; leave a comment in response and join the discussion. Passionate and lively debate is a great thing and is encouraged in the context of civility. Comments that include name-calling, insults, and profanity will be deleted.
Overview: Many people outside of the Christian faith see Christians as judgemental, unloving and hypocritical. Hamilton compares these “Christians” as to the very same Pharisees that butted heads with Jesus so often. The right thing for us to do is to love, not find fault and condemn. When we differently from how Jesus acted we draw negative attention towards ourselves and those who claim to follow Jesus. Jesus was the ultimate when it came to “walking the walk, ” and we could all do a better job of imitating.
Observations from Book and Sermon: We see throughout the Gospels that Jesus was did not always spend time with the church of his day. In Luke 15:1-2 we see the Pharisees complaining about Jesus eating with the sinners. Jesus stood for love, and even non-Christian acknowledge this fact. Jesus wanted to draw people in rather than push them away. Jesus warns against wrong motives, judgement, “majoring in the minors,” and being two-faced. All of us are hypocrites, even famous and not so famous pastors, only by recognizing this do we begin to resemble Christ. Jesus commands us to not judge and to love all (neighbors and enemy alike.)
Please share with me what your general impressions of this chapter. What areas did you find challenging? What areas did you find yourself in agreement? What would you like to discuss more fully?
I look forward to your responses.