Elephant in the Room: Jesus

Posted: February 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Let’s talk about the Elephant in the Room….

Have you ever heard that statement before?  Essentially it means, there’s this BIG issue that is apparent to everyone and everyone knows it needs to be addressed and talked about, but people aren’t willing to talk about it.

I use this phrase in my student ministry.  I will usually say, “Let’s talk about the Elephant in the Room.”  We will talk about things in a group of one or two or even sweep it under the carpet, but when we talk about the Elephant in the Room, it means it’s time to talk about what everyone is thinking but no one is willing to say it out loud.

So here at this blog, every once in a while we will have “Elephant in the Room” posts that are on the minds of many people but many aren’t willing to talk about.

The first elephant in the room is Jesus.

In the context of student ministry, I will say that Jesus is the elephant in the room.  We like Jesus and some even love Jesus, but when we get in a small group of people to have Bible study, the last thing everyone wants to talk about is Jesus.  It’s funny that we can talk about everything under the sun except Jesus.

We can spend thirty minutes on our prayer request about how our cat’s uncle got ran over by a car, but when it comes to what Jesus has done for us, it’s like crickets in the room.  There is usually complete silence.

Have you ever seen this happen before?

  • What if we were as excited about what He has done for us as we are the latest gaming device or game we got?
  • What if we talked about how incredible He is rather than who’s likes who?
  • What if we spent as much time in the Word and in worship as we did on our cell phones….I am guilty on this one!
  • It seems as if Jesus is the appetizer and the main course is our life, our idols, and worldly stuff.  Agree?  Disagree?

It seems as if we use the excuse that we have ADD, so we have an excuse to claim when it comes to talking about Jesus.

As I write this post, the Spirit convicts me and I realize that I make Jesus the elephant in the room in many of my conversations.  I am not willing to bring the obvious Hope up to people.

Have you ever been there?

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