Post #79: One thing I hate about church.
One thing that really, really is starting to bother me about the American church, something that I’m just as guilty of as the next person: All of a sudden, if you’re in church, godliness is just another cool thing to do. Church is another place to see your friends and hang out and learn something about God. You go to FCA or First Priority or whatever the name of your club is, and hang out there. Christianity is something we do. And as long as we’re not drinking or doing drugs or having sex before we’re married, we’re all right. (By the way, why is it that we always talk about drinking and doing drugs and having sex before we’re married? There’s other, more dangerous sins out there, you know.) We wonder why the church is so wussified in the United States…it’s because church is just another part of our day.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that Christianity isn’t just another “thing.” We can talk about it all we want, but “the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power” (2 Corinthians 4:20). We can be doing all the right things, and not doing all the bad things, and showing up at the church events, but that means NOTHING unless God is changing us every single day. If we’re not becoming more like Him, we’re not Christians, we’re a bunch of good, moral people. There are people who aren’t Christians who do a better job at “acting moral.” Christianity, my friends, is all about the glory and the fame of Jesus Christ, and our getting to know Him and fall in love with Him and be like Him. Jesus is supposed to be the center of our existence, not someone we just sort of talk about and mention and sing songs about every once in a while. And that is what makes all the difference.