"Jesus Wants Us to Be Responsible"

Submitted by Matt Birkenhauer

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

"Jesus Wants Us to Be Responsible" I read on a marquee in front of a local church, and was, as usual, perplexed. Isn't being an adult characterized, in part, by our wanting OURSLEVES to be responsible for what we do and say in life?

As a parent, I spent years trying to teach first my toddlers and then my teens, to take responsibility for what they do and say in life. And, now even as young adults, I still have to remind them, when they occasionally make mistakes, that they are ultimately responsible for what they say and do. It's only in that system of thought that I've come to think of, increasingly, as "Christ-inanity," that followers are encouraged to slough off this one defining characteristic of being an adult on to someone else--that someone else being, additionally, either long dead or nonexistent.

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