I am not one of those guys that passes out in the presence of needles, but I am not a but fan of shots. I guess this is my excuse for not taking the flu shot each fall. However, let’s just say, I am planning to roll up my sleeve next year and to wait with anticipate to hear those tender words, “You are going to feel a stick”–ouch!
Two long weeks of battling the flu made a believer out of me. The low point of my battle came after spending three hours hugging the “throne” to the point of dehydration. In the middle of the night I got up only to do a face plant into the wood floor in the living room. I woke up to my wife calling my name as I laid there in a little puddle of blood—let’s just say I have a hard head either way you want to look at it.
As I did a little research on the flu vaccine I discovered that the principle of the vaccine is rather simple. In simple non-scientific terms, the vaccine injects the patient will a tiny dose of the flu virus which causes the body to react by creating anti-bodies to fight off the virus. In other words, to protect you from the virus doctors give you a small dose of the virus.
Reflecting on this thought, It struck me that our America society has been “inoculated against Jesus”. When just celebrated Easter Sunday across the land—churches from north to south, east to west were filled with worshipers. Many of these believers filling the pews are active members of the CE crowd (Christmas and Easter). Jesus is part of their world view, but has limited impact on their day to day lives. Jesus may be their Savior but He still longs to their LORD.
Could it be the modern church has simply “inoculated” these followers with a tiny dose of Jesus…just enough to keep them from coming down completely with a full blown infection of His Spirit and His presence in their hearts and lives. Paul wrote to Timothy about people who “had a form of godliness but denying its power”.
I am afraid in our effort to present the gospel in a “PC” way we have robbed the good news of the Kingdom of its power and influence. We would be wise to follow Jesus’ example. Jesus cut through the fog and demanded all from His followers by saying “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me”. The cross leads to “resurrection life” and power. Don’t be afraid to lay it all on the line. Jesus deserves more than followers who are “inoculated” with a tiny stick. Jesus deserves and demands followers willing to die so He can live in them.