Is Madonna doing the work of Christians?

It is said from time to time, and maybe more frequently lately, that those doing charity work are doing the work of Christians.  That Christians are not doing enough in the world to reach out to the poor and needy.  That we are too judgmental of the world and it’s ways.  That we should reach out more across cultural lines and work with non-Christians in hopes that the Gospel may be seen in our actions or maybe even verbalized.  I believe there is some merit to these concerns, yet how far are we willing to go?

In a recent interview Madonna said, “For me we all need to be Jesus in our time.”  Sounds great on the surface doesn’t it?  Until we put the words into context.  We could use those words to spark motivation saying that Madonna is correct while discounting the messenger.  Laying aside the relativistic qualifier “for me” we may build a case that this is how we need to be living, like Jesus.  We could point fingers at other Christians telling them how Madonna is doing their job.  For some this is motivating, for others it is insulting.

Now to be fair, I haven’t read where anyone has argued that Madonna is doing the work of Christians.  I am merely using her as an example.  Another blogger in a recent post has used Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates as examples of those who are doing the work of God.  His position is not that they are following God, but accomplishing the Lord’s purposes.  It’s possible, but is it probable?  He uses some bibical examples of how God throughout history has used the unbelieving to accomplish a greater purpose.  However, those historical actions are revealed to us through inspired revelation so I am less willing to speculate in this way.  Could we not also say these people may be doing these good deeds for their own righteousness?  Are actions not done in faith also spoken of in Scripture?  It is one thing to say the unbeliever is doing the work of God versus saying they are doing work that believers should be doing more of.

Further, I want to think on how following examples of unbelievers too far can be spiritually dangerous.  Madonna also makes a point about her intentions.  She just wanted to make known that “Jesus’ message was to love your neighbor as yourself, and there are people in need.”  Correct, though she goes on to name others she models “to be like Gandhi and Martin Luther King and John Lennon.”  For all practical purposes, this puts these three men in the same category as Jesus.  Gandhi and Lennon both outright denied Christ while Martin Luther King did so by rejecting Christ’s deity.  This is a dangerous and damning message that rejects Christ and exalts ones own works.  Fortunately, Madonna’s positions are pretty easy to discern and I haven’t seen any Christians take to her side to team up.

There is a current struggle from two different perspectives which, hopefully, have the same goal of spreading the Gospel.  There is a balance that we should strive to maintain and at times we go too far one way or the other.  Does the church at large need to do more?  I think we do.  Do we need to be told to look to celebrities and other unbelievers as how to model ourselves?  I don’t think so.  And, no, Madonna is not doing our work.  God has revealed to us in Scripture how we are to live as Christians.  I do believe we should focus more on the biblical aspect of how we are to live in the world.  Sure, we are going to fall short though I think a biblical exhortation for improvement of our daily walk through Christ unto the glory of God is a much better place to start, follow and end with.

No matter how much water we give the thirsty, unless it is the Living Water, they will have no option but to die of thirst.  And the same death will follow if we keep the Living Water all for ourselves to drink.

Mark

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1 Ric February 18, 2007 at 11:07 am

Yes, I read this last night. {action} Rolls Eyes! {/action}

2 johnMark February 18, 2007 at 5:53 pm

Yeah, I am with you with the eye rolling. 🙂

Good to “see” you again, Ric. My wife (former nick: MaryMagdaline) says hello too.

Mark

3 Ric February 18, 2007 at 10:13 pm

May God bless the two of you, big time!

I drop in for time to time to check up on you my friend. “See” ya soon!

Ric

4 Miss Dizzy DJ April 6, 2007 at 2:18 pm

This is ridiculous.. Absolutely idiotic. I am a christian and this is just repulsive to my eyes.. You call yourself a christian, yet you judge as if you are god… palease. Get a life…

Sweet Tea and Need of therapy…..

Good day.

PS MADONNA ROCKS YOUR FACE!!!!

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