The title of this blog is the topic I have been asked to speak on at an Alpha Course at a church tonight. The guy who invited me to speak sent me some material about the topic. I read through it and, well, let me just say I was less convinced that Christianity is not boring, untrue and irrelevant after I read it than I was before. Apparently the person teaching this lesson should use clips from famous movies, that have nothing to do with Christianity, and then one Bible verse about Jesus being “the way, the truth, and the life”, and that will automatically prove the point. The material is one page long. The final conclusions in bullet point form are:
• Christianity is not boring – it is about living life to the full.
• Christianity is not untrue – it is the truth.
• Christianity is not irrelevant – it transforms the whole of our lives.
• Jesus can give you life
• Don’t listen to the lies
• Check it out for yourself
I am not trying to be cynical but I do not feel like the point was proven, and I know my agnostic, lawyer brother would tear this argument’s premise apart. The sad thing to me is I have never experienced God to be boring, untrue, or irrelevant, though the way He is portrayed by His followers often casts this kind of light on Him. But that’s not Him. That’s us. And yes, I do feel that many times, in trying to “reach the world” Christians come across as boring and irrelevant. I don’t think it has to be that way though.
It was funny because as I was waiting for this internet cafe to open I was hanging out with a kid who begs for money outside the shops in the area. He was telling me about this lady who takes him and other kids surfing some times. Apparently she also invited him and a group of his friends with her to church. The kid told her he was not interested. On that note she offered to pay him to go with her to church! He spoke on behalf of his brothers, and she agreed to pay the entire group of kids to come with her to church. They went, and got paid.
Though this is one of the funniest things I have heard in a long, long time it also disturbs me. If the kid saw what the Christian was offering as an non-boring truth which is relevant to his life, the Christian would not have had to PAY him to go to church with her. But I guess all I can do is laugh, and try be that change I would like to see. And it would also help for me to stop procrastinating and figure out how I am going to convince these people that Christianity is not Boring, untrue and irrelevant! Wait!!! Maybe I should just pay them!