TIME Magazine’s cover story this week is “The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America”, so Larry King apparently had a few of them on his show last night. Here is the transcript (thanks to Mike who provides his reaction).
The transcript is interesting. It shows that even if you take just evangelicals (who themselves are but one segment of Christianity), you do not have a single, monolithic point of view. I’m so thankful they got a pretty good spread on this show.
I guess I want to address my “normal” friends in particular:
Oh sure, you will find Asshole Christianity represented on the show. But take a second look at some of the others, and don’t dismiss them as “the unusual Christians.” They’re not. You know me, and you have met some of my “abnormal” (that is, Christ-follower) friends. And this is quite unusual, but I want to make a direct appeal:
Don’t let the assholes turn you away from Jesus.
and the collary:
Following Jesus won’t turn you into an asshole or rot your brain.
See, we don’t just follow the teachings of Christ. If that’s all we did, we could ignore Christ himself. You may have heard me say this, but one of the funny things about codifying religion is that it makes it possible to eliminate God, because hey, you’ve got the code. Who needs the teacher if you have the teachings? …But we’re in this because of Jesus himself. There’s something about him. And his continuing invitation, to me and to you, is: “Come, follow me.”
I pray with my kids when I tuck them into bed at night, and one of my frequent prayers is this: “Thank you for my friends. Please help me share your love with them. Help them to see how special they are to you, and that they don’t have to change to begin following you. They don’t even have to believe! Help them to follow you, and help me to follow you.”
You have deepened my spiritual walk in so many ways; I hope I can do the same for you. But it would be “most excellent” to do it together. It’s messy, unpredictable, and fun. It’s worth it.