Welcome to Bluejean Theology… I’m Matthew Rathbun and I’m the father or three beautiful daughters, husband of an amazing wife. I love God, Mac and life! This blog is just a collection of whatever I feel compelled to write. Anything from my faith to technology will show up.
Why “BlueJean” Theology
I spent a large portion of my life worried about “presentation”. In church I recall agreeing with those whose philosophy it was to judge people’s level of faithfulness on how they came to church. It finally came to me that both in faith and in my daily life that people want authenticity and transparency. It doesn’t matter what you wear or the face you put on, it matters what you’re all about.
So, regardless if you’re wearing a tailored suit or comfortable old jeans – you’re welcome to be “you”. You’re challenged to be “you”.
God is alive and has not changed; but the altered and evolving World-View has continued to find it’s way into the Christian culture. It has allowed varied interpretations of scripture to make people feel warm, happy and entertained; without really challenging us. Christ is passionate about going after our hearts, there’s a battle for that ground and thus the Christian walk is not always easy.
There are lyrics from Casting Crown’s song “What This World Needs” that relays’ this message well:
People aren’t confused by the gospel,
They’re confused by us.
Jesus is the only way to God,
But we are not the only way to Jesus.
This world doesn’t need
My tie, my hoodie,
My denomination, or my translation of the Bible,
They just need Jesus.
We can be passionate about what we believe,
But we can’t strap ourselves to the gospels.
Because we’re slowing it down
Jesus is going to save the world,
But maybe the best thing we can do
Is just get out of the way.
This scripture encompasses our desire to seek God in the place where He chooses as a central location. The gift of Christ isn’t limited to an individual group; but for whomever He chooses. The emerging generation of believers desire to answer call of Christ. Christ is fighting for our hearts. He is passionate to the point of death. My desire is to answer that passion and allow Him to dwell where He wishes!