So, I’m going all biblical today. There has been so much negativity and sarcasm on my Facebook newsfeed of late from people who profess to be Christians. The latest little nugget read: “Welfare – you work so they don’t have to.” This made me start thinking about the words of Jesus and how so much of what he orated remains buried under modern day church rhetoric when those words don’t jive with the “church’s” political vision. One particularly problematic passage for the contemporary church occurs in John 14:11.
“Believe me when I say that I am in the father and the father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the son may bring glory to the father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
The problem, as I see it, lies in the following argument. According to the Bible, what miracles did Jesus perform? He healed the sick, created food-a-plenty out of seemingly nothing, raised people from the dead, and (one of my favorites), turned water into wine. According to the previous passage, if one has faith in Jesus, he/she should be doing greater things than these! WOW!!! That’s a pretty astounding declaration. Amazing. Fabulous. Cosmic in its implications. Doesn’t that mean that Christians should be healing, feeding, comforting – turning water into champagne???
I see today’s church raging against homosexual marriage, abortion and to a lesser extent adultery, premarital sex and general debauchery such as drinking and drugs. Yet, I know of no church congregation that is going into hospitals and healing the sick with a touch, or with a prayer and a few simple words creating food so that no stomach goes hungry, or with a bowing of the head, changing the chemical composition of elements. Shouldn’t Christians focus on the verses such as the ones in John? Doesn’t it stand to reason that if people of the church were performing greater miracles than Jesus, that the masses would flock to their buildings in unprecedented numbers in order to receive such fabulous blessings?
Why, why, why then does so much of the church discussion revolve around sin and its consequences, as opposed to figuring out how to do what Jesus said could be done? I simply don’t understand. I am at a loss. It seems so illogical. Nonetheless, I do believe that if miracles like the ones mentioned above are to come to pass, love must be flowing in a heretofore-unseen capacity. Judgment must cease to roll off the tongues of Jesus’ followers. Christians should be full up and overflowing with so much love, radiance, peace and light that individuals are drawn to them, not repulsed by hateful words. Their actions must be so awe-inspiring that those who are hurting, weak and poor find a solace they never thought possible in this life. Jesus said it’s possible. If one professes to be a follower of Jesus, why would these potent words go ignored? Choosing to focus on these powerful passages could revolutionize the church and, without a doubt, would transform the world.
Do Greater Things Than Jesus. Keep Shining. Peace Out!