Things Jesus said that Christians ignore

This idea just sort of popped in there after I saw a witty comment from the always entertaining Betty Bowers (America's Best Christian) on her Facebook page.

She made mention of Matthew 6:5-6, in which Jesus said,
5 And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 
Betty was commenting on an amusingly ridiculous NASCAR prayer, but it brought to mind things like evangelical Texas governor Rick Perry's monstrous prayer convention, or congressional republicans getting together for a very public prayer to defeat the Health Care Reform Act in 2009. It sounds to me like Jesus was being pretty unambiguous here. There are no "buts" or "excepts". He spells it out: don't make a scene when you pray. Do it in private. Do modern Christians care about Jesus' commandment? Pfft. 'Course not!

I just thought it was an amusing coincidence in light of something else I've mentioned a few times recently, which is the Barna survey which found that even though Jesus clearly states that divorce is a sin unless adultery is involved, the majority of Christians simply reject that belief. In Matthew 5:32, Jesus says:
32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
So not only are you not supposed to divorce (unless adultery is involved), but you're not supposed marry a woman who's been divorced! Barna didn't ask respondents about the latter doozy, but I'd speculate that the numbers would look even worse for poor ol' Jesus.

This all goes to show that Christians don't actually derive any moral teachings from the Bible; they just interpret it in whatever what suits them arbitrarily.


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