This is more a rant than a theological treatise, but it is something that has been on my heart to an overwhelming degree lately.
It seems our churches are filled with a whole lot of cultural Christians and not very many true, comprehensive Christians. By Cultural Christians I mean those who go to church, go through the motions while in view of others, but don’t live their lives for Christ on a day-to-day basis (also referred to as Sunday Christians). They are those who walk around unchanged, still stuck in their old ways, not taking hold of the new life Christ has for them.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
The old–the way we used to be, eager to look as if we were serving God but really just serving ourselves–is gone. The new–the redeemed, the on fire, the repentant and humble–has come, or at least it should be coming.
I am not saying that we Christians must be perfect in all we do, but we must serve Him with all we have to give–with the best we have to give–and serve Him always! He is so worthy of that, yet we are so fickle…I am so fickle.
So what about you; are you stuck in your old self? Have you let the man or woman that Christ called you to be out into the light to change this world, or are you crouching in the dark? If you are out there exalting God with your life, then thank you! If you are in the dark, stuck in sin, accepting defeat, or filled with apathy, then you have two choices: (1) grow stagnant and wither; (2) deal with your junk, repent, and get going and growing for the Lord! I know which one is the better choice. Now, better does not always equate to easier, but there is victory in the struggle, so keep perservering.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
– James 1:2-3
The world doesn’t need more cultural Christians; just ask the faithful in the Bible belt what cultural Christianity does (doesn’t do!). What the world does need are dedicated followers of Christ willing to step up in humility, love and action, willing to admit struggles and insecurities and eagerly claim the forgiveness found in Christ.
The World needs hope and Christ gives it; we have it and need to share it. It’s a symbiotic relationship that will bring many blessings to all when we follow God’s plan. How can we not play our part?
Please, do something.