L’Opera del Christ

November 13, 2006

We all sit and wait, our programs in tote. Each of us looks as though we’ve been summoned for the traditions of baring pall. We sit in our groups, cliques, and self-assigned seats. We can afford to be arrogant to the lower middle-class, for this is God’s time. We wait during a moment of prelude, until the great performer graces us with his majesty.

He speaks to us on the subject of tithing, and of good charity, while he jingles the keys of his Mercedes deep within his Donatella Versace pockets. He adjusts the Rolex on his arm and tells us that the hour of God is at hand. With each droplet of his words we become more and more taken by him. He then goes on to tell us that any woman who exercises her right to choose is in danger of further stoking the fires of Hell, so pray for the troops in Iraq. He says that Muslims are the enemy, for their use of religious radicalism, and prays that serenity is granted unto Eric Rudolph.

When his words are closed he calls the alter open. A group of fourteen year old girls in the scantily clad begin to kneel and cry. Thursday they’ll be pregnant. Only a moment goes by. No one is saved, but he doesn’t care. He must wrap this up so he can reserve a table at Red Lobster. With the bow of a head and the few tricks of a word, the curtain draws. We stand to our feet and applaud. Bravo! Bravo to the artist! Bravo to the words of man! Bravo!

We go home with the need to spread God’s word! But, it must wait, for it is Sunday the day of rest.

Kyle W. Sutton


  1. It has always bothered me when I pull up to a church and the closest and best parking space has a sign posted: “Reserved for Pastor”. Why? Why is he better than me? Why is he better than the others coming in? Doesn’t that send the wrong message?

    Further, isn’t it rather presumptuous of us to assume that we can “save” anybody? Just because we browbeat folks into going to the altar, what good does that do? Have we really changed anything? Nope. We just made them look good to others for a brief moment in time.

  2. …glad to know i’m not the only one that feels this way. “Evangelist”‘s roles in society are a complete turn-off regarding building a relationship with God.

  3. I agree, it’s like going to Church is a new trend. These people go and sing the praise to the Lord. But do they believe? Have they even read the Bible, or parts of it? I’m not the one to judge, seeing how I’ve slacked off going to Church lately. Ok you got me, not lately, more like the last 2 to 3 years. Maybe that’s why, maybe I feel uncomfortable because I haven’t been in awhile and don’t feel as even on the Jesus level as the others. I also maybe talking too much so I’m gonna end this comment.

  4. is that “the juice”? you shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable and that’s the same reason i haven’t been to church lately. there should be no “levels” in church if we are all serving one God. yet, every time i’ve ever gone to church and want to speak with a pastor or “elder” to try to get an explanation to a scripture or something he’s always surrounded by entourage like he’s a rock star.

  5. Juice, my man, you’re not the only one that feels that way…a lot of us do. Please read anything by Brian McLaren. I hope you know how I feel and believe, and it seems to be the same as you.

  6. Further, Kyle, this is a great piece of writing. I only wish that I could express my thoughts this well….

  7. I’m proud to see that this piece inspired so much conversation.

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