I’m Sorry I’m A Christian

WARNING: To uses of the “F” word, one half way and one near the end.

A friend, and uber-blogger, Carlos, put this on his blog over the weekend and I just got a chance to see it.

It is a spoken word piece by Chris Tse apologizing on behalf of Christians, for the actions and inactions of Christians, to Non-Christians.

What do you think?

5 Comments

Filed under Culture, The Church, Theology

5 responses to “I’m Sorry I’m A Christian

  1. Seth

    I take issue with this guy. I guess he has never made a wrong decision or acted in selfish ways. I guess he is the one guy that actually lives the life that Jesus wanted us to live.

    All I see in this poem/speech is Luke 18:11. “The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed[1] thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.”

    I could never honestly recite anything like this because my sin is just a wicked and disgusting in the eyes of an infinitely holy God as the crusaders or “legalist abortion picketers”.

    I want to apologize for this guy. I am sorry that this guy can grab a mic and apologize for other’s sin, when we all have the same root issue of self idolatry and self worship.

    Apparently this guy has got it figured out.

    It’s really easy to look at the murderer/rapist/picketer and say “at least I’m not like that guy”. Didn’t Christ say that if there is hatred in your heart that you have committed the same sin as a murderer?

    The main problem is this: This guy will spend all of his time apologizing for the sins of his ancestors, never looking at the self-righteousness that he has developed in his own heart, thinking he is better than those who have gone before him.

    • I didn’t see it that way at ALL. In fact, he doesn’t say “I apologize that OTHERS are doing this.” He’s owning it. He’s taking a first person response. He’s saying I’M sorry. Because the truth is, WE should ALL be sorry. There’s nothing in this that smells of self-righteousness to me – no one that’s self righteous would name sin and then say that they are a part of that group that sins.

      And these sins aren’t the sins of his “ancestors”, they are the sins of US. Of our brothers and sisters. That we will continue to pass down if someone doesn’t step up, take ownership and apologize.

      I’m NOT sorry that I love Jesus. But I AM sorry that I don’t love Jesus enough to obey him and make myself low.

      • Seth

        Like the comment one dude made on Carlos’s blog: “this guy did nothing but confirm in the minds of unbelievers exactly what they always thought about Christianity and went on their way.”

    • Dan

      Seth,

      If this is the perspective you have (“Who is this guy to point out sin in the lives of others?”), it seems to suggest that no one but Jesus (the only sinless man) is good enough to offer you reproof or correction (I really hope that’s not the case). If this video left you feeling challenged and uncomfortable (as it did me), maybe you should probe a little more deeply as to why. But it’s far easier, faster, and requires less self-critical introspection to just call him a judgemental, self-righteous Pharisee.

      (By the way, one could view your claim that “I could never honestly recite anything like this because my sin is just as wicked and disgusting in the eyes of an infinitely holy God as the crusaders or “legalist abortion picketers” as being self-righteous by your own argument.)

      I see him as acknowledging sin in the church (his own sin most certainly among those he mentions) and apologizing for his active or passive complicity in it.

      I enjoyed hearing that. We all need to take a look in the mirror every once in a while. Thanks for re-posting that, John.

  2. I think some people can take the words that a person like this has spoken in the wrong way. I see people who communicate things like this almost as a modern-day prophet. I could be way off on this and maybe John can correct me, but I think the role of a prophet was to bring arouse people to observance of what is going on in the world and push them towards repentance. A person in this role would not say that they themselves were not sinful, and who is to say that he wasn’t speaking of himself in some of these verses he spoke. I think our role when listening to something like this is to reflect on our own lives and see if we line up with these sin issues and repent, we miss the boat when we automatically put the focus back on the speaker and say he has no right to speak these things. He reminds me of Derek Webb and how he speaks out about the abuse we Christians can put in the name of Christ.

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