The death of the Americhrist agenda

   “After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also…He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”
   Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?”
John 14:19-22

We would expect this question from Judas Iscariot, right?  But this was the other Judas on Jesus’ team – not the traitor.  “What then has happened that Your world tour is apparently coming to an end just as You were about to be really famous?”

Ever been there?  Just as you think you’ve about got your life right where you’ve always wanted it……

What happened to “our” plans, God? 

Well, “our” plans were probably never “His” plans!  We all have this idea (perhaps more or less unstated) that Christ has come to become famous and to make us look pretty good too.  And definitely to make things comfortable for us along the way.  Perhaps on certain levels this is true…but in a more ultimate and eternal since.  But meanwhile we’ve got to learn that the target audience is not American Idol or the Emmys and the comfort is not based on affluency and materialism!  That’s the Americhrist agenda!

I think Judas speaks for us all at some point.  Have you faced the death of your agendas for God?  I’m not sure we ever finally get over the tendency to load on God all our agendas. 

What if His agenda is to reveal His love to us as the most satisfying pleasure in the universe?  And what if suffering is often the best vehicle for this revelation?  What if without suffering I will never wake up from the culturally-defined, mammon-induced delusions that constantly tell me that what this world offers is what will really make me happy?  The Americhrist agenda (that Jesus died to make me successful and attractive and comfortable) is a very seductive alternative to what Jesus is really up to.

If I’m reading John correctly, Jesus is telling His disciples that He will never be far away from them and that as they continue to trust and obey Him, He will continually and increasingly reveal Himself and His love to them.  This is the most extravagant thing He could possibly do for them (and us).  But we usually have to let go of our other agendas to realize it.

Many people will read this and feel bummed out.  And that’s okay. 

Judas was feeling bummed out in the text above.  Later, after watching Jesus die, they were all totally bummed out and devastated.  Ever felt devastated?

But later, when the disciples saw the resurrected Christ , they were filled with joy and their lives were transformed.  It wasn’t just Jesus that died, by the way.  The temporal agendas these people had for Him died too.  Only then were they able to perceive who He really was and what He was and is really all about.

Have you had to die to some things so you could see Him better?


One thought on “The death of the Americhrist agenda

  1. Oswald Chambers stated: “We must never put our dreams of success as God’s purpose for us; His purpose may be exactly the opposite. God is not working toward a particular finish; His end is the PROCESS–that I see Him walking on the waves, no shore in sight, no success, no goal, just the absolute certainty that it is all right because I see Him walking on the sea.” Often I find myself distracted in the preparation for the “end-state”… I have to find out how I’m going to get to the image of what I think God wants me to be. Instead of focusing on my agenda, I should instead focus on OBEYING today and letting God worry about the future. I believe this challenge is eye-opening for many Christians; when forced to choose between ambition and submission, which direction will we choose?

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