Is It Time to Change Your Mind about Jesus?
I have been a Christian all my life. At least it feels that way.
Many of my significant childhood memories tie to church in one way or another. Memories of people, music, and fun all orbit the church of my childhood.
I was seven years old when I had my first, “I’m supposed to believe in Jesus” moment. Everyone around me that I loved and loved me believed in Jesus, so it made sense to me to believe in him as well.
But I didn’t. At least not for a while. I waited until I was twelve before I signed up as a Jesus believer.
A lot has changed since then.
I made the decision to follow Jesus forty years ago in a world that was a very different place.
I lived outside a small town about an hour south of St. Louis, MO. My black-and-white television had four channels and I had an old radio I used to listen to St. Louis Cardinals baseball games.
I was just then beginning to feed a lifetime voracious hunger for reading, but I really only read books a twelve year old would read.
I was a Baptist and I was learning why it was better to be Baptist than Catholic, Methodist, or Pentecostal–all of which we had in my hometown. Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, or even atheists never entered my religious universe.
If I grew up just off the equivalent of an information gravel road, I now live in the fast lane of an information superhighway.
I do not even know how many channels I have on my televisions. I do not even need “channels” any more. I can watch television shows on my Mac or my iPad or even my iPhone. Anytime anywhere and almost anyway, I can find out what is going on all over the world.
Cable television and broadband internet access have blown the doors open and exposed all of us to a multitude of religious and social ideas. It is a crowded room with lots of strong opinions.
It has always been there, I just grew up shielded from the world around me. Most of us have.
So, I ask you this difficult question?
Is it time to change your mind about Jesus?
What I mean by this is has the time come for us, those of us who call ourselves believers or followers of Jesus Christ, to rethink who Jesus is and can be to the world?
Five things come to mind for me when I ask this question. In many ways, it challenges me to forget what I think it means to be Christian.
Asking the question, “Is it time to change your mind about Jesus?” causes me to rethink these five assumptions central to my faith:
- Everyone wants Jesus.
- Everyone should be a Christian.
- Everyone wants to come to church.
- Every family looks the same.
- Everyone cares what I think.
Over the next couple of weeks, I will try to unpack what it means to change our minds about Jesus.
I am really interested in your opinion and your feedback. You can help me sort this out so I can be a more effective leader and teacher.
Have you changed your mind about Jesus? In what ways do you think differently about Jesus now than earlier in your life?