I do not like My Kitchen Rules, an Australian cooking competition, but I know many people who do. Actually, to be honest, I never watched the programme until recently; the trailers were enough to show me it was not something I would enjoy. However, after a week in hospital without a book, no computer or laptop and no reading spectacles, I was bored and watched the episode where the home-schooled, ‘devout’ Christian brothers were to cook.
As the title of this blog says, ‘Christian is as Christian does’ and I saw not one ‘skerrit’ (atom/fragment) of Christianity in the behavior or attitude of those two young men. (Clearly, ‘skerrit’ is an old Scots saying from my childhood. I have added an approximation.)
The Christian Difference
As with the image at the top, Christians are different, Christians are supposed to be different, but not in the way I saw those two young men on My Kitchen Rules. I would guess that very few of us who claim the name ‘Christian’ live up to being the kind of witness we should be. I would also guess that most of us try.
Why did I let it bother me? Many reasons, but I guess primarily because it gives those of us who ARE trying to live like Christ a bad name.
What does Christian mean?
I will let someone more ‘skilled’ explain.
“Christian” literally means “of the party of Christ” or “follower of Christ.”
Acts 11:26 says, “and the disciples were first called Christians at Antioch” (emphasis added). A disciple is more than a student; a disciple embraces a teacher’s ways as their ways.
Early believers were called Christians because they believed Jesus’ teachings, they accepted Jesus’ death and resurrection as the payment for sin, and they emulated Jesus in the way they lived. These things are still true today. Simply put, a Christian is a follower of Jesus.
https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/what-is-a-christian.html (Emphasis mine.)
What was Jesus’ way?
In a nutshell… had a reputation for being good and caring. He healed often and in most places where He went. Yes, He was honest, as those two young men claim to be… but Jesus was not cruel, nor did he provoke people.
I have not seen other episodes of My Kitchen Rules 2019 but from what the young men said, they expected to be attacked because of their own behavior in previous episodes. One example I found was here… https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6667929/MKRs-Christian-brothers-Josh-Austin-ask-rivals-theyve-cosmetic-surgery.html
I did not waste time watching it, I just read the text.
If you want to check it out here is a list of links… https://www.nowtolove.com.au/reality-tv/my-kitchen-rules/my-kitchen-rules-josh-austin-quotes-54037
Jesus and the Pharisees
Simply put (and this is a huge subject) Jesus tried to correct and help the Pharisees turn their focus on what was important to God.
Jesus rebuked them in Luke 11:42, “But woe to you, Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
Christian is as Christian Does
- Yes, a Christian should be honest. Privately with the person.
- Yes, a Christian should tell the truth, but not to cruelly hurt someone else, or to make him/herself look ‘good.’
Each one of us are witnesses, whether claiming to be Christian or not.
Actions speak louder than words.
We all need to look at what our actions are saying. We need to ask if they match our words.
Okay, complaint over. Guess who will not be watching another episode.
What I will have to be watching is – do my words match my actions?
(A constant challenge.)
How do you fare in this challenge?