Richard Rohr – Letting Go: A Spirituality of Subtraction – 8 – Being A Christian vs Being A Proper Person

The Christianity that I have seen emerge in the West has been in great part a Christianity of being nice, a Christianity of being proper. Gerald Mackenzie argues that the gospels are talking about something else.

Comment – Many people in the ’Christian’ West reduce Christianity to being a nice person. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus himself was not nice, at least not to Pharisees and other religious people, and those he was really nice no did not make him gather any points righteous people of his day. Neither were OT prophets nice people, unless they were false prophets. Being nice is clearly overrated in today’s Christian world. Maybe that is why Christianity has become so dull and unattractive to most of our contemporaries.


Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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