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Cafeteria Christians

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Sermon shared by Thomas Bowen

May 2010
Summary: Christians tent to want to pick and choose what Christianity means to them.
Denomination: Methodist
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
Cafeteria Christians

I have pretty much had a problem understanding some people… Ok. Perhaps the problem is even larger. There a large groups of people I don’t understand.

Women in general, teenage girls more specifically.
People that believe that the Government should take complete care of them.

I could go on and on. I guess that May be an indication of a problem on my part.

But when it comes to categories related to spiritual matters have trouble connecting. I have a blind spot because my understanding that there is a God is unquestioned.

So, I don’t understand people that consider themselves to be atheist. Atheist are people that can look around at this world and the abilities of human beings and can flatly say that there is no God, no Supreme Being or creator. The few that I have met, have their minds made up.

I guess I don’t consider myself to be that arrogant, to be able to just decide in my own mind that all we see and accomplish as people is all by accident, or a statistics miracle.

Another category of people would be called agnostic.

Agnostics – I can understand a little better, they believe that no one can be sure if there is a God or not. They don’t know that any person can interpret the information we have and come to a provable conclusion that there is definitely a God.

They seem to feel that we are all disqualified from knowing because there is no absolute proof of God…and some just refuse to make any personal investigation.

-- They seem to be a bit afraid to find out that there is a God.

With those two views identified I want to contrast them against Christians as a specific group. Christians believe in a God, a creator, a supreme deity that actually interacts with creation.

John Wesley the founder of what we call Methodism believed that the core of the Christians faith is alive and based on scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in a person’s personal experience and confirmed by reason.

Ultimately, Christians offer testimony to what we find in evidence all around us. In the traditions of early church writings and the evidence presented in the miracles of nature blended together with common since and intellect.

We in our own way find enough evidence of God to seed our faith.

--- There seems to be such a gulf between Atheist and Agnostics when compared to Christians. It seems that we might never be able to find any place to meet in the middle.

But I need to let you know that for the majority of Christians the distance is a lot closer than we would like to admit.

-- Quick show of hands, How many people Like going to a cafeteria, M&J’s or Ryan’s for a meal?

When you go for a meal at a place like that we have a lot of choice….

We get to choose what we put on our salad. Cheese, bacon bits, tuna salad. Beats, onions , hominy…Ranch dressing regular or light dressing…..

The choices go on… The guy at the carving station will slice off some roast beef and say is that enough…. No I think a little more….

Fish or liver…Fish please

Green beans or asparagus definitely green beans

For desert a sugar free jell-o square or ice cream with chocolate syrup and nuts….I will let you guess what I prefer…
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