Onstage, a choir belts out a rousing anthem while members of the congregation sing along, waving their arms and swaying gleefully in time to the music, as a young man booms out his messages of love, joy, and hope to the world. If this sounds like a revivalist meeting, it certainly feels that way, except that the congregation are all outright atheists or agnostics and the songs they are singing with such enthusiasm are life-affirming rock standards: “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Uptown Girl,” “I’d Do Anything For Love.
Jesus was a lone, wandering preacher with a small knot of followers. His message was radical. Leave your family, give away all you own, and devote yourself selflessly to God—which meant loving not only one’s neighbors, but also one’s enemies. He was adamantly apolitical, even to the point of refusing to defend himself at his own trial. He never spoke of homosexuality or abortion. And his only comments on marriage were confined to a condemnation of divorce and a forgiveness of adultery. So, how did we get to a point where the message of Christianity in America has drifted so far from Jesus?
The fruit of her husband is sweet to her taste and she delights to be beneath him.