What Grade Would You Give Jesus?

Do you think  Jesus is doing a good job?

Do you worry about the church? Do you worry about the state of the world affecting the church?

on this rock I will BUILD MY CHURCH, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)

Well, is He? He PROMISED to build His church. So how do you think He’s doing? Knowing this, what grade would you give Him?

To hear some believers talk it sounds like they want to flunk Jesus.

These religious hand-wringers are on the loose. They are easy to spot because they obsess about sin and hunt for heresies under every rock. They act surprised that the world acts like the world and frequently whine about the state of the church.

These weather-beaten Christians appeal to data suggesting everyone is leaving church, our children are growing up to hate God and the future is bleak. They cling to all research that condemns the church.

They don’t talk much about the fact Jesus PROMISED to build His church, but they worry about the church and drone on like the church is doomed. Do they think Jesus is failing at His promise?

They paint a picture of Satan’s kingdom running rings around the church like the Harlem Globetrotters running rings around Washington Generals.

They have great faith in Satan; small faith in God. To them, Satan is winning. To hear them talk you would think God packed it up, went to Cancun and left us all to wither away.

I have decided not to get in the worry boat.

I am a conservative Christian who believes that God inspired the entire Bible and that it is without error. I believe the Bible all the way from the table of contents through the maps in the back. But I do not believe God requires me to freak out when the the church or the world doesn’t square with scripture.

Because of this, I don’t need to hyperventilate every time the Supreme Court rules in favor of gays. My fists don’t clench every time a liberal church supports abortion. And I do NOT believe the church is falling off a cliff. I simply will not worry about the church that Jesus promised to build.

I long ago turned in my Fretters Anonymous membership card to take a weird approach: I trust God for the future of the church.

FRET NOT yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! (Psalm 37:1 ESV)