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Frustations of a Passive-Aggressive

Suppressed frustration turns into passive agression or outbursts of anger. My college psych professor called me passive-aggressive. So before the outburst and in order to be more forthcoming, here are some pent up criticisms of trite Christianity.

I'm sick of "amazing" grace. Notice to all Christian rockers, quit with the "amazing"—I would love to see something creative and worth my 15 bucks. Think of another adjective besides "amazing." Everyone gets the picture. Grace is amazing, now go to Merriam-Webster online and look up some new words. Such a lack of reverential creativity for such a great reality fails to reflect its value. You treat it like a plastic, gumball-dispenser piece of jewelry. Stop calling it amazing and start revering it as such. Read Bonhoeffer.

So, "Jesus is the Answer," but people either don't know or don't care what the question is. This isn't kindergarten Sunday school anymore; Jesus isn't the answer for everything. Such a claim betrays your ignorance of true needs and real beliefs that people have; you're unrealistic about the here-and-now. Jesus doesn't make everything better; stop promising things Jesus never promised. You're making a mockery of Christianity in trying to compete with the empty claims of pop psychology and TV talk shows. Jesus isn't meant for you to have a better life, have a better job, be more satisfied, find your true self. Go somewhere else for all that if that's what you're looking for, and when it fails, come back.

"Jesus saves" is a phrase that was popular about as long as The Spice Girls. Unfortunately, Jesus never intended to be as shallow as they were. That blanket statement promises the same ludicrous inference as the previous overgeneralization: that Jesus is meant to compete with other self-help gurus like Wayne Dyer or Dr. Phil. That's crap. If Jesus is competing with them, count me out. Jesus saves from what, saves for what? Should I open a savings account with him, is there a good interest rate? These sound funny to you, but people don't know what in the world you mean. Lose it. Use the creative imagination God gave you.