If Jesus Came Today, He Wouldn’t Be a Christian

The title of this post isn’t a statement by me, but the title of a song, if you can believe it, by a band called Obadiah and the Minor Prophets:
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The lyrics are really interesting:

I love Jesus
And Jesus loves me
I know all about him
Because I’ve got a PhD
Studying Religion and Church History
And the development of Christology
From its pre-Christian origins
To the Council of Chalcedon
In 451 – Yeah!

If I could make a machine
To travel back in time
I’d go to the first century
And live in Palestine
I could talk to John the Baptist
And Rabbi Hanina Ben Dosa
I’d find St Paul
And punch him in the head
Then I’d talk to Jesus
And listen to everything he said – Yeah!

I’m sure that Jesus
Must be turning in his grave
When he sees those
Who are preaching in his name
If Jesus came today he wouldn’t be a Christian
No, he’d probably be a liberal Jew
That’s why I don’t want to be a Christian
Just a follower of Jesus
… Or maybe just a Buddhist – Yeah!

You can download other music by Jeff Simonds from his web site.

We’ve all presumably encountered the point of view that Jeff sings about in the song, but this is the first time I’ve heard someone sing about it. Gretta Vosper, in her book expressing her own Christian viewpoint, she mentions the issue of progressive Christians who think differently than conservative and fundamentalist Christians on a large number of issues, but then sing the same songs. I wonder whether this marks a turning point…

(HT NT Wrong)

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12334188123201041182 scott gray

    you know james…obadiah without facial hair would look an awful lot like…james mcgrath…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04584208121954765202 Geoff

    Jeff is great. He is a graduate of the bible college of NZ as am I :) He regularly speaks/plays there. He’s a very witty and clever man.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13128282430404746717 N T Wrong

    I just discovered him yesterday. Isn’t he marvelous?I understand that ‘Obadiah and the Minor Prophets’ was Jeff Simmonds’ previous band. But the song “If Jesus Came Today, He Wouldn’t Be a Christian” is under his own name. He has a forthcoming album under his own name, ‘Rain on Mars’.