There is a notable trend in the modern church today…
It’s a shift away from the blatant prosperity “God wants you to be rich” teaching towards this modified variation of it: “God wants you to be cool and successful.”
People feel cooler because they attend a cool church with a cool band and a super-cool pastor who hangs out with loads of really cool people.
There’s no need to always be talking about money – that’s passé now.
Instead, we emphasize success because everyone wants to be successful. Our sermons are like seminars given by a hipster life coach. Sort of like the Yes seminar scene in Jim Carrey’s Yes Man movie. Big signs in the lobby declare, “Yes to victory!”
I’m pretty sure I’ve been in that church before.
So now we have “life coach Jesus.”
Jesus makes us cool and successful and popular – because that’s what Jesus does, right?
Jesus is always hanging out in the winner’s circle.
Once in a while, He does visit with the riffraff – but only to lift them up and out of the boring, pitiful, uncool life they’ve been living. That’s what Jesus does. He saves us from being uncool and unsuccessful and brings us into the winner’s circle with all His superstar followers.
Life coach Jesus gives us loads of tips.
Tips on how to have a successful marriage and raise successful kids.
Tips on how to dream bigger and live the dream now.
Tips on how to win friends and influence people.
Tips on how to have a rock-solid body.
Tips on how to succeed in business.
Tips on how to manage money.
It’s all right there in the Gospels – tips from life coach Jesus.
His disciples followed His tips and they became super cool and super successful. Their marriages were pretty much perfect. Their children were angels. Their businesses blew up and the disciples became moguls. They were living the dream…
Well, there was one exception. Judas.
Judas resisted life coach Jesus. He didn’t believe popularity or power should be pursued. Judas felt like there were too many tips on how to be a success. He wanted to spend less time in the winner’s circle and more time with the riffraff – the uncool and the unsuccessful people.
That’s why Judas didn’t make it as a disciple. He just didn’t have the internal drive to become someone significant.
The other disciples chose a replacement for Judas – a popular, good-looking, wildly successful guy named Matthias. Now everything was settled in the winner’s circle. They were all world-changers. They were legendary.
In fact, these disciples were so successful, they all became life coaches too. They hosted seminars and conferences with big banners that said things like “Yes to victory!” and “If you can dream it you can do it!”
I guess there’s an important lesson here…
Don’t be like Judas. He wasn’t cool or successful.
Instead, always pursue popularity and power, success and coolness – because that’s what life coach Jesus wants for all of us.
What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree?