In the blog I posted yesterday entitled, “Fake Christianity”, I wasn’t near clear enough on exactly who/what I was referring to. I apologize for the vagueness of my post, because as we all know that if we don’t clearly define the subject we are talking about, all sorts of things can be taken from it and the message can be perceived as something totally opposite of what the writer intended. This is my fault, and I hope that you will continue reading this post in order to get a sharper view of what I was getting at.
When I targeted this branch of “fake Christianity” in my writing, I was not trying to insinuate that the majority of churches conduct themselves in such an anti-Christian way. I do believe we can all, agreeably and peaceably, be on the same page in saying that the many American Christian Churches may be a little too “seeker-friendly” (in the sense they aren’t delivering the full truth of Scripture), or a little off their rocker in their theology; but in most of these places, you will find love, warmth and a sincere welcoming. Sure, they might be a little off…. we’re all a little off. But in most cases within the majority of Churches and among most Church staffs, there is a genuine, real love for God and for people.
My thought process was more along the lines of the “everyday” type of Christianity. We live in a place where it is culturally popular to claim that you are a Christian, and many label themselves as such. Unfortunately, this labeling is the extent of their Christian life. They don’t really and deeply understand the gravity of who Jesus Christ is, who they are in light of a holy God, or the problem of their sinfulness. Bottom line is that they don’t feel the weight of the reality the Bible portrays, and therefore there’s no real impact on their lives by the enormous truth they profess to believe. They claim Christ, even hold to biblical morality as being the “right way”, but because there has been no transformation in their hearts they live a life of selfish ambitions, using other people and manipulation to get themselves further in life and often times express their “moral beliefs” in a derogatory, hateful and Christ-less way toward those who do not claim Christianity… such as gays, muslims, etc.
I wanted to address the issue of this hypocrisy for the sake of those who do not believe in Christ or claim to be Christian…. yet. I want to urge you, the unbeliever, to look past the imperfections and even possibly the bitter hatred of the supposed Christians around you and lift your eyes higher…. to Christ. Go to His Word to see what He’s like, not just to those who claim Him. Because the truth is, even the most sincere, born-again believer will at some point let you down. We all fall short of the glory of God. Christians are not the ultimate representatives of who Christ is….Christ is the ultimate representative of Himself. He has gracefully revealed everything He wants to about Himself to us in His perfect, inspired and preserved written Word.
I hope this brings more light to where my mind was yesterday, and again, I apologize for the ambiguity of the post. Maybe one day I’ll learn to slow down and re-read before I post.