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A certain fast food chain likes to say “have it your way”, and apparently so does the church. You can have the faith anyway you want it, or at least that seems to be the message we put out in America. This is NOT a political blog. It’s an only sometimes serious look at the phenomena of American Christianity. If we find a good video we’ll post it. If we read something that gets us going, we’ll write about it. And if we don’t, then its probably because we have better things to do with our time. Hopefully you will enjoy our random musings, but if not……well then you’re probably a communist.

American Jesus is brought to you by Wes and Zack , both youth ministry veterans who are fascinated and yet horrified by the incestuous relationship between America and Christianity.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Loren permalink
    August 31, 2010 4:38 pm

    Reading Donald Miller’s “Searching for God knows What” right now.

    He talks a lot about the phenomenon of American Jesus.

  2. September 1, 2010 6:16 pm

    DUDERS…you totally have to invite me to be a guest blogger…ya?


  3. November 12, 2010 12:32 pm

    Just found you guys through Jesus Needs New PR. Good stuff! Looking forward to more…

  4. David permalink
    November 16, 2010 11:58 am

    You might be right that American Christianity is very “have it your way”. But there is a church in America that Jesus spoke and created. Called Catholicism. Not the way many Americans practice it, but the way it should be practiced. Come and see.

    • Thin-ice permalink
      January 19, 2011 11:22 am

      The Catholic Church? The one where priests are free to rape kids? The one that invented The Inquisition? Really?

      After 46 years as an evangelical with a Bible college degree and years as a missionary, I’ve finally been set free! For me, Bible-god is a farce, and even Jesus (the REAL Jesus was lost in the hundreds of verbal re-telllings of stories handed down through 60 years before “Mark” (not Mark) got the bright idea to actually write it down!) is incredibly inconsistent in the four gospels. I’m not commenting to upset anyone. It’s just that “American Christianity”, that you lampoon, is what got me to re-examine all that I believed and put it under a microscope. What I discovered was a mangled web of man-made concepts about who god is. At one time I thought that Donald Miller, the Emergent Church, and similar might save Christianity for me, but soon realized that those were just efforts at sanitizing concepts that really ARE found in the Bible.

      • David permalink
        January 19, 2011 11:33 am

        Did you know that child molestation is a bigger problem in protestant churches than it is in the Catholic Church? And who says that priests are free to rape kids? Not the Catholic Church.

        Invented the Inquisition…tell me-what’s so wrong about having a judicial system? Are you against the Supreme Court, too? Really?

        For your information, we have proof that Mark dictated his gospel. Why are the gospels different? Because they were written to different audiences. For different purposes. But what you’re stating is the case FOR the Catholic Church-Jesus founded one Church. ONE. When people started disbelieving what he actually taught, his church began to fragment. One Church exists which was there from the day Jesus spoke it. It’s not holy because of popes, or men, it’s holy because of it’s founder.

      • Darwin permalink
        January 21, 2011 9:47 am

        Judicial system? Really? A committee of people that has the sole purpose of rooting out Christians who aren’t Christy enough and non-Christians and killing them in horrible ways? That’s your judicial system? There are summary executions which were less biased than the Inquisition.

      • David permalink
        January 21, 2011 1:07 pm

        Really? Is that why people committed heresy when they were in trouble with the secular law because the Church judges were more in their favor and less likely to kill them?

        I understand that there were some abuses, but your sources are way off track, whatever they are. I suppose you think that Pius XII was Hitler’s friend, too.

      • Revyloution permalink
        February 27, 2011 12:06 am

        Wow, Hitler in only 4 posts. Not a record, but definitely a contender. What is it about Catholics and Hitler Turrets?

        I don’t know anything about a friendship between Pius and Adolph, but I do know that Adolph was a Catholic.

        Catholicism is just an offshoot of the Coptic Christian tradition. They took the bits they liked from the Copts and formed an official religion of Rome under Constantine. Your religion is just one in a long line of ‘borrowed faiths’ that steal a little bit of their predecessors dogma.

      • David permalink
        March 1, 2011 10:55 am

        I’m not accusing anyone of being Hitler, but most people who believe all that junk about the “Evil Inquisition”, the Crusades, and all also believe that the Catholic Church aided Hitler. Which is totally bogus. Look, there were abuses in the Inquisitions, there were abuses during the Crusades. The Church is a human organization.
        Offshoot of Coptic Church??? Hardly. The Catholic Church began at Pentecost in 33 AD, the Coptic church shot off after the Council of Chalcedon in 451. The Catholic Church was legalized by Constantine in the early 4th century, but it was an official religion long before then. And what actually happens is that people slice of what they don’t like about Catholicism to create their own faith.

      • April 21, 2011 1:04 pm

        Jesus did initiate a church after he was resurrected. To say that it was the “Catholic Church” is a misnomer at best, a flat-out lie at worst. The Catholic tradition, like all other denominational traditions, is just that – a tradition. And a tradition with unfortunate – not to mention distinctly anti-Christ – history, marred by extreme statism, marriage with the principalities and powers (thus the accusation of incest on this here “about” page), violence, war, and corruption. To be clear, I’m not talking about child molestation (individual crimes and sins obviously not sanctioned by the leaders of the church); I’m talking about systemic crimes against people of other faith traditions (including other Christ-followers), oppression of the poor and illiterate (even up to today), and so on. Systemic, unjust, unloving, anti-Christ.

        Think what you want about the aforementioned crimes. One thing is clear: the Catholic church is NOT the blessed community that Jesus had in mind. No denomination is. Even the first-century church – you know, the ones that actually walked alongside Jesus – couldn’t get that right. Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran… these labels and associations don’t matter. All that matters is Christ.

        Be careful not to idolize denomination, ’tis a slippery slope.

        And yes, I’m against worldly judicial systems. There is only one righteous judge, I care not for the pontifications of the rest. Pun intended 😉

    • Zach permalink
      February 9, 2011 1:40 pm

      well put, David

  5. Charis permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:10 pm

    Just found you on Jesusneedsnewpr. As someone in love with Christ who hates what the church has become, thank you.

  6. Erin permalink
    January 13, 2011 7:02 am

    It’s funny; the message I’ve always gotten from Christians where I live (in the American Deep South) is more “have it our way” than “have it your way”.

    • March 7, 2011 10:58 pm

      this might be the best comment I have read in years. classic.

  7. March 9, 2011 3:09 pm

    Oh goodness. I’m not sure where I have been, but I have just stumbled across your blog. I have officially subscribed, and I look forward to future musings. Thank you.

  8. April 23, 2011 5:42 pm

    The Church is in real trouble, but at least there are some people that “get it.” Thanks for this site.


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