RG2G 030 Resisting the Nice-ification of Jesus

One thing you can say about Jesus, is after two thousand years, He’s as popular as ever.  But also, I might argue, as misunderstood.

This is never more true than when you think about the picture that American Christianity has tended to paint of the person of Jesus. When you remember that Jesus said, “Turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, love your neighbor,” sometimes that gets translated into weak, soft, doormat faith.

On the show today, we’ll be talking about what the real Jesus was like.  Was He a rogue?  Was He a rebel?  Or was He more like a revolutionary, a renegade who pushed back and defied conventional wisdom?  Remember, Jesus wasn’t crucified for being a nice guy. He was crucified for being a subversive; someone who not only challenged the authority of the Roman government, but deconstructed Judaism in the face of the Sanhedrin and all of its political power.

When we study the New Testament we get a very different view of Jesus, one that might offend a major portion of American Christianity today.  We’ll find out today on the show.

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