Christianity is true.
It isn’t necessarily ‘nice’.
It is almost never ‘safe’.
New Testament teaching is radical, uncomfortable and vulgar.
Understood properly, it will turn your stomach.
Sometimes, the gospel is completely inappropriate in a church setting.
Western Christians are a refined and cultured people.
Scripture is coarse and unpleasant.
So we’ve cleaned it up.
“…For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish…”
You can say ‘rubbish’ in any pulpit on any given Sunday.
You cannot say “shit”.
Though that’s what Paul said.
In comparison to Christ…
… our earthly accomplishments…
…our education, ethics, and awards…
Imagine the uproar Paul would create with that sermon!
“I don’t appreciate that kind of language!”
We don’t appreciate that language.
Which begs the question, “Do we appreciate scripture?”
We don’t use words like that because we’re proper.
Saying ‘rubbish’ makes us righteous.
Which is bulls***.