They’ll Know we are Christians ’cause we’re jerks

Alright folks, be kind because I am not great on the guitar. After watching months and months of Christians acting crazy on the internet, I thought I would update a classic hymn for the digital age. Enjoy!

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17 thoughts on “They’ll Know we are Christians ’cause we’re jerks

  1. Please, please, post the lyrics. I can only halfway understand them given the quality of sound on my laptop–and my questionable hearing.

    • We will yell at each other
      We will call each other names
      We will misrepresent our brothers
      We will falsify their claims
      And we’ll do it with no graciousness
      And all in Jesus‘ name

      And they’ll know we are Christians by the way we throw stones, Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our aim

      We will cling to our theology
      We‘ll leave no room for doubt
      We will draw all the lines to know
      whose in and whose out
      And we’ll spare no ones feelings as we proove we are devout

      And they’ll know we are Christians by the way we throw stones, Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our aim

      We will fight with each other
      We will each take a side
      We will claim that he’s a hereict
      And we are the bride
      And we’ll forsake our dignity
      And cling to selfish pride.

      And they’ll know we are Christians by the way we throw stones, Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our aim

      We have denied the Father
      From whom all things come
      And we’ve cheapened Christ Jesus
      His only son
      And we’ve ignored the Spirit
      When he’s called to make us one

      And they’ll know we are Christians by the way we throw stones, Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our aim

      And they’ll know we are Christians by the way we throw stones, Yes they’ll know we are Christians ’cause we’re jerks.

  2. I mentioned to some ladies in a church group once, that “we christians throw stones sometimes.” I said, “At least I have, haven’t you?” They each said, “no I never have,” Ouch that stone hurt.
    I need to hang my head and beg for mercy. That’s when I receive grace.

  3. The lyrics are convicting. But I also have experienced love and mercy at the hands of my fellow Christians. I hope my friends and family would say the same of me. When we obey the Word and listen to the Spirit, actions do show Christ’s image and glorify our Father in heaven. Put me down as one who is being transformed.

    • Of course they do, and I would hope that the whole of my writing in this space points to the truth that my friends and family show Christ to me all the time. ALL THE TIME. I am sure that I don’t even know the whole of the way that MRCC supported us when I was growing up. I certainly don’t want to negate any of that. I find that my one on one interactions with the “on the ground” christians are grace filled and beautiful. Perhaps I should have made it more clear that I was speaking to the way that major Christian organizations interact with each other and desenters on the internet. There were some tweets and blog comments that were NASTY this week, and then ended with “blessings.” None were directed at me but holy cow they were mean, like YOU ARE GOING TO HELL, blessing. That is jacked up.

  4. I love the second great awakening which turned America’s Western frontierin of the early 19th century (the Alleghenies to the Mississippi) from a pagan culture to Christian culture. One of the watchwords of that awakening was:
    in the essentials unity
    in the nonessentials liberty
    and in all things charity..
    when we battle with isour brothers and sisters we must pick our battles carefully.

    We should remember Paul’s admonitions to the Colossians:

    Col 3:12-16 ESV Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, (13) bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (14) And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (15) And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God..

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