Fatal Distraction.

This past week, this post has been circulating around the more evangelical corners of the interwebs.

While I understand the desire to focus on holy week (trust me, liturgical seasons are big in the Anderson household), I think it’s complete BS. For those of you who didn’t read the post, it essentially says that the “paint the internet red” campaign by HRC is Satan’s way of distracting us from holy week.

Seriously? That is some of the most transparent BS I’ve seen ever since the “women’s bodies can stop unwanted pregnancy from happening” thing occurred a few months ago. I shouldn’t need to write a post on this. But yet, here I am.

Try to stop me from talking. I dare you. DENIKA NEVER STOPS TALKING.

This whole thing seems like a not-so-clever ploy for conservative Christians to not have to deal with the world that is changing around them. A massive social movement of solidarity with the GLBT community has swept the internet; marriage equality is a-comin’, and they don’t know how to deal with it. So, they either fight back (enter Pat Robertson & co.), or they try to write it off as a “distraction,” and so they don’t have to deal with it–in fact, it would be better if they ignored it completely so as to not give in to Satan’s temptations.

But let’s back up a bit. 2000 years or so. There was a man wandering around Galilee with a ragtag group of the not-so-elites, the working class, the terminally ill, the unclean, the outcasts, the sinners, the unloved. He talked about some crazy ideas like unconditional love and self-sacrifice and radical inclusiveness. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, touched the untouchable, loved the unlovable.

But the people in charge didn’t like this. They had a system that had been working for hundreds of years. They didn’t want to change, because they liked the way things were.

But they let him play around for a while. At first, he was just another crazy person in a sea of misfits. Soon, though, he started to have too much influence. A movement was rising like a tidal wave, imminently bound to crash over their perfect little world. He was too strong.

So they killed him.

But this man, the man who was love embodied, wasn’t going to let that be the end of the story. Death only held him back for a weekend–I’ve had colds that have kept me out of commission for longer. He rose again, stating once and for all that love is stronger than anything else, even death.

That, dear friends, is what we celebrate today. That is what holy week is about.

And I dare say, if Jesus were on earth today, his facebook profile picture would have looked a little something like this last week:


This campaign was not a distraction from holy week. Actually, I think it was one of the most well-timed social campaigns I’ve ever seen.

In the week when we remember his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus would not want us to ignore what is happening in the world around us. Not once did he put on blinders to the social situations surrounding him; neither should we. I believe this has been a call for us as people who follow Christ to rethink our systems, to see where we have tried to impose an archaic and oppressive set of social standards on a world that no longer fits within them, and to be advocates for those who are still fighting for rights that most of us take for granted.

Jesus didn’t die for your sins. Jesus lived to show us how to be beacons for God’s love on this planet. That’s what holy week is about.

So today, as we celebrate the blessed life of Jesus, the one who was love embodied, let us take a good look around us and see where we perpetuate injustice. Let us stand for the people Jesus stood for. Let us pour ourselves out so that others might be filled.

For Christ’s sake, let us be love.


Originally posted here.

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  • Powerfully put. Thank you on behalf of us all, including the man from Galilee and today’s frightened followers.

  • Powerfully put. Thank you .

  • Greg D

    Jesus indeed died for our sins. But, He also died to restore us into the whole being that God originally intended. And, He died to reconcile us with the Father. But, without the resurrection, Jesus’ death on the cross would have just been another execution of another man by a worldly kingdom. Instead, he defeated death and gave us the ability to defy death by accepting the free gift of God’s grace to eternal life.

  • Thanks for the challenge to let Jesus’ life penetrate our current realities. And, I love your insight that I have had colds put me down for longer than God allowed death to put Jesus down – Wow! I have been re-thinking and re-praying your challenge for a while now. But, why in the midst of a challenge to think about, or rethink, how the risen Jesus did, and is, responding to our current challenges and realities, do you find it necessary to throw in a foolish statement such as “Jesus didn’t die for your sins?” He did and you need that as much as I do. And, I need it a lot. We would all find ways to be implicated in abandoning and shaming him if it were happening again right now – and, of course, as you point out in many ways it often is happening again right now to those he loves. He once said loudly to a man named Saul that persecuting others who were seeking him is “persecuting me.” So, you can certainly make your case that we need to rethink and re-pray many things that have perhaps wrongly been associated with Christian values. You can do that without denying that we, and you, need someone to take the weight of our brokenness off of our shoulders. Are you perhaps as scared of the reality that we needed Jesus to die with/for/in place of us as the conservatives you chastise are afraid of the challenges you are presenting?

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