Is being a jackass inconsistent with being a Christian?
I’ve heard people who were convinced they were Christians defend their obnoxious or infantile behavior toward others by saying that is who they were and they weren’t going to change. It is not really a defense. But there it is. I am who I am. God will just have to take me as I am.
John Wesley would have had none of this. His sermon “On Charity” has line in it that I love. It is not great poetry, but it gets right to the heart of the matter.
[L]et us have ever so much faith, and be our faith ever so strong, it will never save us from hell, unless it now save us from all unholy tempers, from pride, passion, impatience; from all arrogance of spirit, all haughtiness and overbearing; from wrath, anger, bitterness; from discontent, murmuring, fretfulness, peevishness.
How can you expect your faith to save you from hell, when it isn’t even strong enough to stop you from being a jerk to people in your life right now?
What a great question. It is one that I think would cause some ruckus among many upstanding Methodists.