Faith is Portrayed in Extremist Versions

Grantchester star James Norton criticizes trend for faith being portrayed as ‘exorcisms and cults’ (see article linked below)

Norton is right.   The only thing that makes headlines is critical stories of Christians as extremist or acting contrary to the “stereotype” of the faith.   I say stereotype because outsiders don’t truly understand Christian faith.   I can say that about many Christians as well.  Many are “Christian” in name or association only and not truly Christ followers.

Christ followers who know Jesus also know that the sin that they repented of is representative of the sin nature that resides inside and remains part of the battle fought by each striving Christ follower between goodness and evil.  That is nothing new, Jesus aptly depicted this battle: I came to give you (followers) abundant life, he (the evil one) came only to kill, to steal and to destroy (he destroys love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self control and anything righteous he can get his hands on).

We ARE broken people!   We ARE broken!  Wake up!  We have sinned and are so tiny when compared to the Glory of God.  We admit our sinfulness and lowliness.

Sidney Chambers is a realistic human being and also as a Christian or Christ follower.  He is real, authentic.  He has his weaknesses and they show vividly in the Grantchester series on PBS.

I’m not leaving out Judaism nor Islam.  Will cover them at a different time.

Watch Grantchester on PBS or Amazon Prime.

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3 thoughts on “Faith is Portrayed in Extremist Versions

  1. Interesting. As an atheist, I also believe that many Christians are only Christians by name. However, many take assault to this sort of comment so I’m not one to share. Especially in contrast to the followers of Islam or Judaism.

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    • Thanks for these thoughts. I agree that so many bear a label, ‘christian’ but don’t know the person, Jesus the Messiah. That’s why I prefer the term Christ follower.

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    • To clarify your last sentence, you are saying that Muslims and Jews more readily agree that they imperfectly follow their teachings/commands. May I confess. I aspire to goodness but I am a broken man.

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