MG: The main problem with only a Sweet Savior is that He is finally incapable of helping us in life’s most difficult moments. I need a Savior who empathizes with my pain, but I also need a Savior who is strong to save — who has the power to defeat satanic influences in my life, who will overcome evil in the world one day. In the end, the Sweet Savior merely feels bad for me but is helpless in the face of evil.
PC: What happens when children of Christians are shown only a gentle Jesus meek and mild? Does this prepare them well for the real world?
MG: Ditto above. In addition, we need to show children, especially boys, the complete picture of Jesus. If we show only His compassion, they may be tempted to think of Jesus as a wimp — certainly not someone worth giving their lives to. And if we show only the “mean and wild” side, they may become merely arrogant and abusive.
PC: What happens to someone’s faith and life when they follow the Nice Nazerene?
MG: I think they become sentimental instead of compassionate. They give evil a pass instead of confronting it boldly. They become nice instead of loving.
PC: Is indoctrinating people into believing in a "gentle Jesus meek and mild" a form of spiritual abuse? Why or why not?
MG: Maybe not “abuse,” but perhaps “spiritual neglect.” To leave this dimension out is to misrepresent Jesus, and that can only create crippled disciples.
PC: Being nice makes us turn a blind eye to evil, among other problems. Do you think such behavior makes us accomplices to evil? Why or why not?
MG: That depends on how conscious one is of one’s behavior. There are lots of evils going on in the world that I could be doing something about. A lot of them I’m just not aware of on a day-to-day basis. But there are a few that really bother me, that God has “laid on my heart,” as they say. If they continue to bother me, and I refuse to do anything about them, then I’m an accomplice to that evil.