Jesus is not my homeboy.
A friend on facebook posted the following status update yesterday. I, in turn, then reposted it as my status.
“[It] makes me sick when people refer to baptism as being ‘dunked’ and to Jesus as ‘my home boy’.” ~ S.P.S.
The inevitable “why?” was then asked a few minutes later. Why…? Why?
Jesus is not a “home boy”… He is Holy, He is righteous, He is perfect, and we are to stand in absolute awe of Him. We are supposed to treat Him with respect, reverence, and fear. Baptism isn’t about getting “dunked.” Baptism is a symbolic event that a Christian does to identify with the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s the first act of obedience a newborn Christian should do in response to God and His Word.
I fear Christians have lost their respect of God. We don’t fear Him anymore like we ought to. I don’t know about you, but I fear the Person that can control all aspects of nature, read people’s inmost thoughts, and kill people with His very presence. God is not a joke. He’s not something to be taken lightly.
“Ah, man, it’s okay because it’s just a term of endearment… we’re tight like that, you know what I’m sayin’? like, BFF’s and all that jazz. fo’ shizzle!”
There’s a difference between friendship and blatant disrespect.
You would not walk up to the President of the United States and say, “Yo, home boy, what’up!?” That is simply unacceptable. You would refer to him as “Sir” or “Mr. President.” If you wouldn’t be so disrespectful (or even just plain “casual”) to a walking piece of dust, then why would you think it’s okay to talk like that to the God who created said dust?
My God is a little more important than some president. He’s not my home boy, my homeslice, my gangsta, or the Big Daddy… He’s the Great I Am, the Lamb that was slain, the Omnipotent Creator of the worlds, and the Perfect, Redeeming Savior. He’s a King, and should be treated as such.
“Fear God. Honour the king.”
~ I Peter 2:17b
Who is Jesus to You?