"Jesus didn’t just sit on a mountainside telling nice stories".
A popular Christian blogger once wrote that we need one thing and one thing only: Jesus.
At first blush, the catch phrase “just Jesus” makes a lot of sense.
Christianity is, after all, a lifelong pursuit of a relationship with a person—Jesus. That’s the critical thing, and yet it’s easy to get stuck on rules and regulations instead of relationship. As the saying goes, it’s one thing to know about Christ; to actually know him—that’s something different.
On the other hand, relationships walk hand in hand with responsibility. Parents must put their convenience second to their children’s needs. Spouses must count each other’s well-being as equal to their own. Coworkers must treat each other with respect.
The trouble with the phrase “just Jesus” is that it seems to suggest our actions aren’t really important.