Thanks to the Rev. Drew Collins, an Anglican clergyman and Blogland reader, for this lead on this article which challenges the mindset of the "contemporary" crowd which aims to make religion a "cool" thing.
The idea of Jesus is mainly our “friend” is deeply rooted in our particular religious culture. Our lack of reverence expresses itself in everything from our worship to our evangelism. How many times, for instance, have we seen an earnest Christian approach someone (including us) and ask, “Do you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?”
While intended as a means of carrying out the Great Commission, the question is asking something else entirely. In essence, it’s asking whether we possess God rather than whether God possess us. God is, indeed, our friend. But there is something about claiming God as our “personal” friend that seems to imply that we are putting him in the same category as our “personal trainers” and “personal assistants,” people who serve us, rather than someone whom we are expected to serve. When Jesus becomes someone we can befriend he becomes someone we can take lightly.
Jesus, however, is not my homeboy. The term “homeboy” always implies a co-equal relationship and never refers to someone who could be considered either superior or an inferior. Jesus may be a friend, but he is not my “buddy.” Christ is my master, my redeemer, my Lord and my God.
Interesting thinking. Subvervisely challenging of today's pop culture. Well worth reading.
We also want to mourn the occasion of Drew's 40th birthday, which took place on Tuesday. Please reach out to him to express your deepest regrets and condolences.