2011-04-14

Ricky Gervais – Being A Good Christians

by Yo Snyder

Luke 18:22 “When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You
still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you
will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Comedian Ricky Gervais, who is a proclaimed atheist,
recently announced that he’s a better Christian than most actual Christians. He
said that when it comes to the Ten Commandments, he has a perfect ten out of
ten, which is often more than what he sees in those who claim to be a
Christian. He went on to say that he completely agrees with what Gandhi had to
say: “I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians.” I find it interesting
that when it comes to being “a good Christian”, people often compare themselves
to other Christians. Fact of the matter is it’s pretty easy to look good when
you do that, because let’s be honest, even Christians at times are less than
model citizens. However, I’m reminded of a certain rich young ruler. We wanted
to know from Jesus what he needed to do to attain eternal life. Jesus told him
to keep the commandments. He said he did. Then Jesus told him to give up everything
and follow him. This he could not do. Being a good Christian isn’t about being
better than others or keeping the commandments better than others, it’s about
following, serving, obeying, adoring, and growing to be more and more like
Jesus. He’s the only one who can truly make us better, who can truly make us
“good”. I’m glad Mr. Gervais is following the Ten Commandments, but is he
following Christ; after all, that’s what really matters.