Sometimes I wonder if the Church has fed the world a lot of baloney (properly spelled bologna). In our efforts to be relevant to the culture in which we live, we have packaged Jesus as if He were just so much lunchmeat. We have dressed Him up, tried to make Him look cute, and diluted the Gospel. Sometimes we have even added processed cheese to enhance our presentation of Truth! Although our desire has been to increase our chances of convincing other people that He is real, the paradox seems strangely sickening: we have developed false packaging to deliver the Truth. In essence, we have tried to convince unbelievers to swallow a cheap batch of baloney that falls sickeningly short of a full meal deal. In an increasingly savvy society that demands meat rather than milk and that has a taste for provable facts rather than superficiality, it is odd that we have exchanged the truth of the Bread of Life, the God of More-than-Enough, for powerless Gospel snacks that do not satisfy the spiritual hunger of those around us.
Indeed, there is nothing CUTE about Jesus. He is the visible image of the invisible Father (Colossians 1:15), the God who created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). He is the judge of the whole earth (Genesis 18:25). He is the Alpha and the Omega,the beginning and the end, the first and the last (Revelation 22:13). He holds the keys to death and the grave (Revelation 1:18). He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29); He is the Bread of Life (John 6:48). He alone is the Lord, author of salvation, our Redeemer and Savior. Father, forgive us for trying to package You and market Your glory and goodness. Forgive us for diluting the power of the Gospel of the cross and resurrection of Your Son Jesus. Give us Your boldness to express with conviction the truth of Who You are! Let Your power be made known to the dying world around us. Teach us how to prepare a full meal deal for those whose hearts You long to win! Teach us to offer them the true Bread of Life, unmitigated in His power and potency. Allow a sense of Your power and holiness to rise in us as we communicate Your love to those who long to be introduced to You!