I don’t know when Jesus became the demolition man.
But there he is, apparently with a jackhammer or a wrecking ball, or maybe just his bare fists.
Just Google any version of the phrase “Jesus wrecked me.” You’ll turn up thousands of results. People testifying that Jesus is a one man wrecking crew. He’s wrecking people, wrecking lives, wrecking careers, wrecking cars. He’s basically a tornado and a tsunami and a wolverine of destruction.
I know, it’s just a phrase that’s gotten really popular to illustrate to others how much you love Jesus. It’s up there on the cool scale with words like “vulnerable” and “authentic.” It’s now officially uncool to talk about being “saved” by Jesus. People know you’re really serious if you’ve been “wrecked” by Jesus. And God help you if you aren’t a “vulnerable” or “authentic” Christian.
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with using these words. But maybe if you’re in the habit of describing yourself this way: “wrecked” or “vulnerable,” maybe you’ve forgotten a thing or two about the Jesus who “wrecks” you.
Wrecking, Renovating and Restoring
I don’t know what people mean by Jesus “wrecking” them. I suppose if you’ve come face to face with your inadequacies and sins, you could say that you are “wrecked,” emotionally and spiritually.
But wrecking things wasn’t Jesus’ mission. He never told his disciples he was here to wreck them. Sure, some demolition had to take place. But there’s so much more to it.
Why isn’t it popular to say that we’ve been “renovated” by Jesus? It implies that some wrecking took place. But Jesus didn’t come to make a mess and not clean up after himself. He’s not a sleazy contractor who comes in with sledge hammers and then bolts after he gets the check, without finishing the job. He came to rebuild, restore, reckon, renovate. Lots of “R” words…not just to wreck.
Thou Shalt Not Be Vulnerable
The strange thing about “vulnerability,” and even “wrecking” is that they strike me as a somewhat feminine way to describe Christianity. I could be wrong about that. Don’t know. But I think it’s a product of a time when we’re supposed to be “in touch” with our feelings.
When people talk about being “vulnerable,” with whom are we being vulnerable? Maybe that’s what I don’t get. Because Jesus just never told his disciples to go out into the world and act vulnerable. They were already vulnerable. When they were with Jesus, they were, well, the opposite of vulnerable. Even a storm couldn’t sink their little boat.
God has a habit of sending his people out into danger, and he never tells them to act timid or vulnerable. He tells them just the opposite, to be bold, unafraid, shrewd. Jesus told his disciples not to be afraid of people who can only kill them. That’s pretty much the opposite of our natural instincts. It’s like we’ve forgotten that God’s spirit is one of boldness and power, not vulnerability and crying.
And somehow, for 2,000 years, men and women have found the strength to be martyred for their faith, not because they believed they were “wrecked” or “vulnerable,” but because they believed God made them powerful, strong, even immune to danger.
I Can Wreck Things Myself, Thank You, Jesus
Maybe it is because I am a guy, and sometimes I want more of a Chuck Norris Jesus than a milquetoast Jesus. But “wrecked” and “vulnerable” don’t cut it for me. Those words describe how we probably started as Christians, but they aren’t supposed to be what we grow into.
It’s like we are trading “strength” for weakness. Maybe because we’re afraid of appearing boastful and arrogant. Maybe because we hate the war-like illustrations of God’s armor and strength, and we prefer to appear peaceful. Again, I don’t know why we’ve latched onto these words, but count them as two more that Christians say that aren’t in the Bible.
Maybe it comes down to this for me: I never had any trouble wrecking things, being weak, being vulnerable on my own accord. I need a lot more help being bold, restored, and unafraid.
What do you think? Is it time to drop these words? Are we supposed to be more than wrecked and vulnerable?