Christians need to stop gushing over Matthew McConaughey’s Oscars speech

Matthew McConaughey floored everyone last night at the Oscars, and it wasn’t because he was wearing a shirt (which is amazing enough in itself). Nay, it was because the oft shirtless man actually acknowledged God in his speech after winning Best Actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.

Pardon the crappy volume, but that’s apparently the only way for the Oscars to not file a copyright violation claim on YouTube. Here’s the video.

“First off, I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to,” McConaughey said “He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any other human hand. He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates… When you’ve got God, you’ve got a friend, and that friend is you… So, to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to and whoever it is we’re chasing – to that I say, ‘amen.’”

The mere fact that McConaughey mentioned God set Twitter on fire. The atheists/agnostics/liberals generally chastised and told him to keep that “God shit” to himself. The conservatives/generally Christian crowd started gushing about how nice it was for an attractive young man to acknowledge God for his success in a way that hasn’t been seen since Tim Tebow was still on an NFL roster.

Tebow also has a tendency to show up shirtless.

I actually have no problem with the former group’s response. That’s very expected. I do, however, have a giant problem with the latter’s response.

Christians are so caught up in finding their next celebrity to acknowledge some vague entity that they’ll completely ignore the actual substance of a statement when it happens. If one actually listened to what McConaughey said, it’s nowhere near Christian and just as damnable as someone thanking the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

This one’s funnier too.

Since no one else has actually examined the theology behind what McConaughey said, I will.

“First off, I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to.” – There’s absolutely nothing wrong here. There’s really no substance, but that’s what most Christians are after these days here. It’s just acknowledging some bearded guy in the sky.

“He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any other human hand.” – This is the most theologically accurate statement he made. Whether it’s common grace or special grace, Christian and pagan alike are given grace instead of being immediately cast into hell. That’s a pretty cool thing.

“He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.” – Here is where Mr. Abtastic goes astray. The entire notion of karma is, put plainly, stupid. Jesus blows it up in Luke 13. Let’s also take into account that Jesus never wronged anyone, but he was still murdered for claiming he was God. That would mean that for the only perfect person to ever walk the earth, karma would have failed him. If karma can’t work in that instance, it can never work.

Just, no.

“When you’ve got God, you’ve got a friend, and that friend is you.” – Apparently God is in all of us, and we’re all God’s children. That’s entirely unbiblical and sounds a lot like this guy.

No amount of facepalms will suffice.

So, to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to and whoever it is we’re chasing – to that I say, “amen.” – This universalism on an Oprah Winfrey scale. Chase whatever your heart desires, including yourself. You’re awesome. You’re worthy of whatever good things come your way because I feel like having a perpetual warm, fuzzy feeling.

Don’t forget that this is the same guy who played a stripper in Magic Mike and he’s going to do it again for a sequel. There’s no fruit there.

Let’s be clear. If these statements are truly indicative of what McConaughey believes, then he’s not talking about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. His God is not Jesus, who is called the Christ. And he’s definitely not referring to the Helper sent by Jesus.

Dear Christians, stop freaking out at the mere mention of God by a celebrity. If he isn’t for Jesus, he’s against Jesus, and any basically discerning mind would immediately see this statement for the hollow social religiosity that it is.

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Steven Furtick confuses the crap out of me

This isn’t your typical blog that rags on a megachurch pastor.

Still, Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in Charlotte has been making waves in the press for all the wrong reasons. Again.

Oops.
This time, reports have surfaced that he plants people to move for their “spontaneous” baptism services in order to grow their numbers. I don’t think it’s too bold to say that this is entirely jacked up.

Of course, anyone among the ranks of Craig Groeschel, Mark Driscoll, John Piper, Rick Warren, Perry Noble, et cetera, is going to face severe criticism for pretty much anything they say or do (Note: I’m not comparing them theologically. They just all pastor huge churches.).

But then I was introduced to this.

Wat.

I have nothing against pastors having a vision (as long as it doesn’t get in the way of this Jesus guy), but to say a church is united under the pastor’s vision is theological nonsense. The church is to be united under Jesus’ vision for the church. You know, since the church is his bride and such. It might be a good idea to do what he says.

And seriously? Coloring pages promoting you and not promoting Jesus? That’s 1) creepy, 2) really creepy and 3) very well could be bordering on cult-like behavior.

I really, really want to defend Furtick here. If people legitimately love Jesus at his church, then that’s awesome, but ol’ dude needs to get his ish together and quit doing stupid stuff. We can only hope and pray that he doesn’t go full theological retard and turn into a feel good Joel Osteen type and that it wasn’t about him all along.

But even if turns out that Furtick was only out for Furtick all along, that doesn’t negate that God may have used his potentially evil intentions to bring about something infinitely better than what some jacked up human could dream of.

Remember that.

Easter is why Christmas is a big deal

Yes, Christmas is the time that we celebrate the birth of Jesus, but let’s not forget that the overall purpose is much bigger than just a baby, whose name is invoked in anger too often, was spewed forth into the world while surrounded by farm animals.

He probably wasn’t glowing though.

It was simply the beginning of, as many put it, the greatest story ever told. That baby, being God incarnate, would go on to live a perfect life and put legalistic douchebags in their place.

He would then be murdered in one of the cruelest forms of execution ever devised in the form of crucifixion.

Then he kicked death in the teeth and told Satan where to stick it, proving his power and completing the atonement for how much crap we screw up constantly. That made it possible for God the Father to deem us as not screw ups, because he sees us with Jesus as a covering.

And that’s how we Christians are able to look ourselves in the mirror every day.

Remember, Easter is why Christmas is a big deal.

Dear Megyn Kelly, Jesus wasn’t white

You know by now how I feel about Santa Claus (if you don’t, here’s the link), but here’s a big ol’ laugher for you. Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly said Jesus was a white guy.

In response to an equality retarded article saying Santa shouldn’t be depicted as a white guy anymore, Kelly stated that the historical Saint Nicholas was a white guy (true) but also that Jesus was white (not true). Here’s the video to prove it.

“Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change, you know?” Kelly said. “I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa — I just want the kids watching to know that.”

No, Megyn, Jesus wasn’t white. He didn’t look like this.

That perm is just wrong.

In the spirit of racial equality, Jesus also didn’t look like this.

Those dreads are just wrong.

Let’s be honest. Jesus, while on the earth, was a Jew, so he probably looked a hell of a lot more like this guy than anything.

Minus the camo. Jesus didn’t play hide-and-seek.

Just so we’re clear.

This Christmas, give Santa Claus the boot in favor of that Jesus guy

If you’re of the opinion that Christmas is just a pagan holiday the Christians “stole” and that celebrating it as such is evil, move on. I’ll cite Romans 14 and tell you to move on. Otherwise, this is pertinent.

This will piss off a lot of people, just like when I wrote about it years ago, but we need to get rid of Santa Claus.

Yes, I went there.

You see, Santa isn’t real, but we tell our kids that he is. When we knowingly say things that aren’t true, that’s called lying.

And don’t give me the, “but it’s all in fun for the kids” garbage. It’s actually a mentally and spiritually destructive thing if you actually think about it (and it’s still a lie).

If you’re good, some fat guy will come give you a lot of stuff for Christmas? Does this sound familiar?

It should.

Along with God, we’ve created a mythos around another entity who sees all, knows all, judges right from wrong and gives gifts according to what he’s deemed worthy. This is actually antithetical to the God of the Bible, who saves based on absolutely nothing we do, because we all deserve lumps of coal (or to be burned forever by said coal).

Santa has shifted Christmas away from celebrating the coming of the Savior of the world to celebrating consumerism. How much shit I don’t need can I buy cheaply this year? Who can I get it from? Who should I give stuff to? When can this happen? Should I wrap it or put it in a bag?

That’s not say that giving gifts is a bad thing. Hell, Jesus got the first Christmas gifts from the Magi. That’s just what people do to celebrate important, momentous occasions.

What is wrong is putting the emphasis on said gifts and someone who isn’t even real.

Seriously, Christmas is about God becoming incarnate in the form of Jesus (dat second person of the Trinity tho), in order to become our atonement so we can escape the second death. This baby would later turn Aquafina into a badass Merlot, resist all temptations thrown his way, put a guy’s ear back on after it got lopped off, and, you know, kinda get executed in the most brutal way in history so we don’t have to burn for eternity. Sometime in the future, he’ll return and personally rule the world with those whom he saved with perfect grace, while also being kind of hardcore in appearance (just read Revelation 1 for that).

And you’re going to pick a chubby guy in red with flying deer over the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe who gave himself to be reconciled with us?

If that’s the case, our priorities are jacked up.

Stop Putting Your Hope in Government

Just in case you were comatose yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare on entirely unconstitutional grounds.

How was it entirely unconstitutional/illegal/immoral?

Because Chief Justice John Roberts made the asinine decision that even though the Obama administration and Congress itself pushed the individual mandate as a penalty and not a tax, that it could somehow be construed as a tax. They allowed the Justice Department’s lawyers to argue both for the penalty and the tax, allowing them to contradict themselves.

So, now we’re forced to buy a good, even though we may not want to. The Commerce Clause wasn’t even invoked or approached, but since Congress has the power to levy taxes, they can tax us for things we don’t purchase.

It’s seriously that stupid.

But what are to expect from people in authority?

They are, after all, people. People are, by nature, corrupt. Roberts, whether he wanted to be acclaimed by the New York Times or whether he didn’t want to seem activist (and ended up becoming an activist judge anyway) or whether, as Michael Savage contended, he was affected by his epilepsy medication, is just as and yet no more corrupt in his nature than Barrack Obama, Eric Holder or even my beloved Ronald Reagan.

He also knew how corrupt Thomas Jefferson was.

The thing Christians, whether they fall onto the conservative or liberal side, have absolutely failed at recognizing is that in the end, however you manipulate the government into controlling people is now what matters.

It matters in that humanity was created with an inherent longing for freedom, and governments should be held accountable, but when was the last time you saw Christians geek out over the fact that people are dying and going to hell in a similar fashion to a Tea Party protest?

Those of you who know me know that I’m a staunch libertarian-leaning conservative. I will fight you for my gun-carrying rights, voting rights, property rights, etc. What I personally have sucked at is showing off what Jesus has done.

What he’ll do in the future is pretty hardcore as well.

I love politics. I love baseball. I love music.

I say I love Jesus. I just suck at it. A lot. Even though that’s ultimately the only thing that actually matters.

Christians in America have gotten spoiled in that the gospel is assumed nowadays. That needs to stop immediately.

We need to stop relying on government and BS group salvation theologies (even if it’s subconscious) and start trusting in Jesus. He won’t let you down.

And even if everyone manages to officially hang out with Jesus, we still shouldn’t rely on the government. They’re still people, and people do stupid things. They will let you down.

So, yes, be pissed off about the horrendous decision offered yesterday, but there are much bigger things at stake here. Keep those at the forefront.