Here is an interesting article I read that addresses some of the Mega Churches portrayal of Jesus being a meek wimp. This articles illustrates the blunt side of Jesus that is seldom preached these days:
What if Jesus called you a DOG?
How'd you feel if Jesus called you a dog? I can tell you right now that about 80% of you would BE OFFENDED and call Him "unchristian".
How do I know? Because I've been called "unsaved", "unchristian", "hateful", "false teacher" and "false prophet" more times than I can count simply for being direct and telling people the truth. Most Christians CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH. Most Christians CAN'T STAND DIRECTNESS and BOLDNESS.
They're USED TO the two-facedness and hypocrisy that goes on in most congregations and religious circles. Thus, they RESENT anyone who DOESN'T play the "religious game" by their man-made religious "rules". Organized religion has "sold" them A FALSE IMAGE OF Jesus.
Man-invented Kristianism has sold them a Jesus who is ALWAYS "meek and mild", a virtual doormat, who always spoke in hushed tones, never raised His voice, and always used "nice" language. But the "meek and mild" Jesus THAT RELIGION PROMOTES - and that most Christians have bought -- is NOT the Jesus found in the Gospels. The Gospels reveal a Jesus that, while loving and compassionate toward sinners, was also DIRECT AND BLUNT.
A DYNAMIC Jesus, who taught to love even our enemies and "turn the other cheek", but who also GOT ANGRY at the religious traffickers of His day overturned their tables, made A WHIP out of ropes, and THREW THEM OUT of His temple. But religion NEVER SPEAKS ABOUT THAT Jesus. They want a Jesus that conforms to the CORRUPT IMAGE FABRICATED BY THEIR CORRUPT MINDS.
But Jesus won't conform to THE MOLD they would confine Him to. He is THE SAME yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He was bold and abrasive with the religious hypocrites OF HIS TIME calling them, among other things, "brood of vipers", "hypocrites", "blind guides", "unclean" and "children of hell" (Matthew 23:16-33). He called Herod (a cunning religious hypocrite if there ever was one) "a fox" (Luke 13:32). And, trust me, He WASN'T paying him a compliment.
And He spoke BLUNTLY to the Syrophoenician woman (a gentile) who came seeking deliverance for her demon-possessed daughter, saying: "I was sent ONLY to the lost sheep of Israel" (Matthew 15:24). Even after the woman KNELT BEFORE Him and BEGGED for His help, He RUDELY replied: "It is not right to take the children's bread and TOSS IT TO THE DOGS" (Matthew 15:26).
Read it for yourselves, religious hypocrites. It's only been in your Bibles for 2,000 YEARS!!! Doesn't sound very "meek and mild" to me...
80% of you would have been SHOCKED to hear "that language" coming from "a Christian".
80% of you would have GONE AWAY OFFENDED WITHOUT receiving your miracle:
HOW DARE He call me "a dog"!!! WHO does He think He is???
But this woman was no religious wimp:
She was NOT offended. She was DETERMINED. She was TENACIOUS. Unlike most of you, she HAD FAITH, not religion.
She didn't mind hearing the truth, EVEN IF IT WASN'T TO HER LIKING. And she GOT HER MIRACLE. "Yes, Lord," she replied, "but EVEN DOGS eat THE CRUMBS that fall from their masters' table." Jesus Himself COULDN'T refute THAT argument. Glory to Him forever...
Matthew 15:28 gives us the happy conclusion: Then Jesus answered, "Woman, YOU HAVE GREAT FAITH! Your request is granted." And HER DAUGHTER WAS HEALED FROM THAT VERY HOUR. EVEN JESUS was IMPRESSED.
If 80% of you had any brains, you'd realize it's those who tell you the Truth, BLUNTLY AND DIRECTLY -- even when they know you don't like it and don't want to hear it -- that are GENUINE, know what they're talking about, CAN help you, and look after your soul.
The ones you should be wary of are those who ALWAYS tell you WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR.