Anyone who knows me well, knows I don’t like the word “Christian”. Especially when over 80% of our country at one point considered themselves Christians. I have an entire message series I’m going to preach on “How to NOT become a Christian”.
My problem is that our definition of Christianity doesn’t really fit well with what Jesus said. For most churched people in America, Christianity is a religion that defines where you attend church on Sunday. It is simply a label that when applied makes someone feel better about their chances of getting into heaven.
Jesus said… (I’m paraphrasing)
[Luke 9:23] If you want to follow me, pick up your cross daily. (Not many want to sacrifice their time or money to be used for God’s Kingdom)
[John 14:15] If you love me, you’ll do what I ask. (Most people ignore Jesus commands if they are hard to do)
[Luke 9:26] If you are embarrassed about me, I will be about you. (Many Christians never invite ANYONE to church)
[John 15:16] I have called you and appointed you to bear fruit. (Most are satisfied with simply attending church rather than being the church)
I’ll be honest…sometimes I wonder how many true Christ-followers there really are in the Church. As a pastor, it bothers me that I can’t make people or even convince them to TRULY give their lives to Jesus. Perhaps that’s because it can’t be faked. Either Christ has really done a new work in your life or it is all a show. And if it is…that won’t go well. [Matt 7:21]
I can promise you that I will always call for a higher level of commitment than what we have now. I want to stand before God at the end of my life and know that I did all I could to lead people to truly follow Jesus.