Beware of Christians (2011)

Credit: parkcitiespeople.comFour American college students fly across the ocean to see what the rest of the world thinks about Christians, and whether we practice what we preach.

 

I found this on Netflix when I was sick in bed one Sunday night. So glad I gave it a shot. It’s targeted mostly at the single, college crowd, but it applies to every would-be Christian in any stage of life.

I actually found these guys’ website and called them up right after I watched it to say thanks and keep up the good work. Alex Carroll, one of the actors in the film, was the guy I talked to. He was a really nice guy, though looking back he probably thought I was kind of weird — but hey, he wouldn’t be the first.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW:  This movie might make you cry. Partly because it’s touching, but also because there’s this random part where they slap each other’s bare backs as hard as they can, and you can’t help but feel their pain.

I was blown away by how similar these guys’ beliefs were to mine, including their views on fasting, entertainment, and sexual relationships.

I especially liked how these guys emphasized that living a true Christian life doesn’t guarantee your future will be any easier. In fact, in a lot of ways it will be more difficult.  But happiness is not the absence of adversity, it is the triumph over it.

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Yes, I would make one or two minor tweaks to a few things they said, but they absolutely nailed the vast majority of tough topics.

These guys weren’t the first ones to question organized religion, and while I agree the church is not the purpose but the pathway, I also believe church organization and priesthood authority are essential, as they were given by God to end the chaos by clarifying the doctrine and administering the covenants that bring individuals and families closer to God in this life and the next.

So yes, there is a place for organized religion, but an extremely common pitfall to which all of us are susceptible is focusing too much on public demonstrations and too little on private commitment.

When these guys say “beware of Christians” I think what they are really saying is beware of anyone who praises God with their lips, but whose actions are anything but godly.

The real enemy in any religion is justification of sinful behavior, and those who emphasize the appearance of righteousness over quietly and consistently improving their behavior to be more Christ-like.

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” – Luke 6:46

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