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@1 year ago with 4 notes
You know what’s up with Christians, and me? We’re not really committed. That’s why people get so mad at us, I think.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m currently reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan. In that I’ve read over the symptoms of a “Lukewarm Christian” and I thought, “Who would think all of this was acceptable?!” Truth time: I did. Or I should say do. And I don’t think we entirely, intentionally mean to act on being lukewarm.
If you’re like me, you’ve grown up in the South, right smack dab in the thriving metropolis of the Bible Belt. So everyone you and I know are Christians. But the weird thing is, if we’re all honest enough, we can attest to saying that most Christians we know are fairly mean and kind of dishonest and somewhat grumpy…I can confirm that in myself as well. But as of late, I’ve met a lot of non-Christians, and you know what’s sad about that (other than the fact that they don’t have a relationship with Christ and are separated from God at the moment), the people that outwardly claim to not know Christ are some of the most honest people I know. They commit and admit to the bad they do and they don’t point fingers at the wrongs of others…which is amazing to me.
And then I’m like, why can’t I do that? I’m a “Christian”, a follower of Christ whom I love dearly, and I don’t exude God’s love? Instead I sit behind closed church doors and “pray” your sins away…not confess my own and repent, but pray away someone else’s wrong. I tell everyone what’s up with your issues and how awful and wrong you are, but I don’t sit back to examine my own rotten heart? What’s up with that?
We’re not committed. I’m not serious about Jesus. That’s the problem. There’s no tie to being faithful to Christ here. Here, as long as you’re nice, you don’t beat your wife, you keep away from the Devil’s nectar (alcohol), you don’t smoke! at all!, or do hardcore drugs…and as long as you don’t go ALL the way, you’re a good Christian. Brownie points if you tell someone “Bless your heart,” instead of stating bluntly “You’re a moron.” Hardcore radical Southern Christians were my brew of people though. Don’t drink, smoke, cuss, have sex on any level of offense, and always vote Republican and you’re practically a Saint in Heaven, reaching for God’s hand. Those were the laws I lived by.
But that was wrong. I mean, sure all of that seems like okay behavior, but truth be told, following Jesus has nothing to do with that. The commitment lies in obedience and the relationship. Sure, it’s great if you don’t smoke, drink, cuss, etc. But that’s not the law to live by. Once you have a relationship with Jesus that kind of determines in what direction your actions go. John 14: 15, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
Alright. So let’s commit. If we’re going to call ourselves Christians, let’s follow Christ. I mean, we’re called to do it. Let’s stop wasting time trying to fool people. I understand why they’re mad. We say we follow this amazing God and then we don’t actually ever live for Him. (Thank God that He’s not a God who’s greatness is determined by the people who follow Him) As F. Chan puts it best, “Each of us has lukewarm elements and practices in our life; therein lies the senseless, extravagant grace of it all.”
We’re called to commit to Jesus, and we’re shown grace when our attempts of love fail because we-I will fail. But nonetheless we’re still called to commit. So let’s. I jump, you jump…what do I have to lose?
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)