Sunday, March 23, 2008

No Time for Losers

I doubt that Queen's "We Are the Champions" has been included in any church hymnals, but this philosophy has found its way into much of Christianity.

I consider it a challenge before the whole human race—
And I ain't gonna lose—

We are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting, till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions of the world

Brant Hansen has put his finger on this sore spot within the church with his insightful sarcasm.

There's no getting around it: God is a winner. Therefore, to be a Godly man, you have to everything.

Winners win on the field, and in the pulpit. They can't stop winning. Everytime they turn around, they win.

God wins, and I didn't get into ministry to lose. Did you get into ministry to lose? Did you go to seminary and announce in chapel, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm here to lose at ministry, because I'm a big loser"?

Jesus wasn't some namby-pamby guy like in those if Jesus [w]as some guy who walked around, hung out with a bunch of losers, and just stood there while people beat him up.

Scholars, including Dr. Josh McDowell and Dr. Joe Weider, believe Jesus could probably bench 300 more than 20 times, and squat 700 plus. Some "pansy", huh? Yeah, right! Jesus was pumped. Scholars agree, he was like Mr. T, except white.

But the truth is that Jesus had plenty of time for losers.

This is one of the things that got him into trouble with the establishment. Jesus would hang out with the losers. And from most every perspective, Jesus was a loser himself.

By definition, anyone crucified on a Roman cross is a loser.

Of course, that is not the end of the matter. On Sunday morning the tomb was empty. Jesus overcame death, Satan and sin. But this victory was not accomplished by some comic-book-hero scenario. It was won through defeat. Jesus won by losing.

The church he established was not for winners. It was composed of losers and made to rescue the losers of the world.

Jesus has plenty of time for losers, like you and me.

Pastor Rod

"Helping You Become the Person God Created You to Be"


M. Pease said...

Preach it brother!

Christian dudette! said...

what the hey?!

I'm a christian too and i agree we are winners! but ur comments that Jesus didnt hang out with loosers coz he was a winner and that he was like Mr.T, only White???

Jesus was from Israel- thats Middle east, the son of a carpenter and spent most of his time on the road.. sure he was white!