The Faithless Christian

 The Church and culture seem to be butting heads more and more everyday and it is leaving some people scratching their heads in wonder.  But on the other spectrum we have Facebook religion statuses stating that people are “Christians” yet they lead lives that are only a shell of that name.  The gauntlet has been thrown down it seems, religion is now in the light of judgment so all may see and know! But is it?

It is amazing the culture we live in, where something like religion can take the place of those who actually are to blame… Amazing how we can use it as a get out of jail card.  Could there be something more to this claim against religion?  Could it be that not something but someone is to blame?  Christianity is a confused haze in our society. It appears and the cry against religion seems to be the wet blanket over the fire.  In the billowing smoke of chaos we often mistake the shadow of deception as truth.  Are we as Christians to blame religion when it was man who created it in the first place?  No… We cannot blame the weapon when it was the one handling the weapon who plunged it into the heart of the victim.  One can only overcome the shadow of deception if one can get out of the smoke!

But how?!

Christ calls us to be more than Facebook statuses, shells… He calls us to be like Him.  To remove the blanket from the fire of Grace and Redemption…  We talk of Christianity as a relationship yet we live in a society that has no understanding of how to make one last.  We say we can understand God and be personal but yet we are too busy with our “lives”…  Funny don’t you think?  To be so personal without ever taking time to be with the person.

I call the modern Christian as “The Faithless Christian”.  Christianity seems to be a car that professes that it can still run when it hasn’t had an engine or driver for years.  God does not want a shiny Christian who promises the world (that is why He denied Satan).  No, Jesus is too personal for promises, too personal for faithless people, too personal for even an out cry on religion.  You see, Jesus wants the person: any person who calls to Him, any person who denies himself and the cry for a fallen humanity.  It’s not our call to act the victim, it’s our call to join the victim.  He was the one who built the fire of Grace and we were the ones who threw the wet blanket on it. He was stabbed by us and, yet, He cries out for us.

I think it is time for us to realize the true tragedy of our day and age… It’s not that religion caused all this death, it’s not that we continue to butt heads together… It’s that we aren’t on the side of the victim who is now the victor, the prisoner who is now the king and the man who is now God.

-Todd

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  • Danhy G.

    Is there only one thing to blame? Is it the church? Maybe it is sometimes. Maybe there are other things to look at and maybe it starts in the heart instead of with others?

    If it does start with others or the church, is self indictment valid or just part of the human condition, Christian or not, church-goer or sleeper-inner? Has everything changed because people in the church have suddenly in the last few years started failing to be perfect, or has nothing really changed all that much and this is this more about pointing the fingers at someone because we have transformed those who shun the church into victims, and a popular blow off?

    It is important to always look at what the church is doing and how it is reaching out. But I also think we are at the precipice of donning sackcloth and ashes, taking on the sin of the sinners and taking blame out of PCness. We weren’t cool enough, singing the right songs, entertaining enough, didn’t express our Christianity in a way that captures the heart of the world, too judgmental, had too high standards for honoring God in his temple. [shall I continue the list of complaints I’ve heard?]

    I’m just asking questions here for the purpose of intellectual honesty and devil’s advocate. I think the answer varies, but it’s too easy to and many people do simply point fingers at the church and say, “it’s your fault”. I hear that a lot. The bottom line is that we aren’t responsible for the hearts of others. We are responsible for completing God’s commands and living in communion with him, honoring and worshiping in our hearts, and spreading the Gospel of Christ. In other words, every human is responsible for his own actions, his own reactions, and the condition of his heart… period! Beyond that, it becomes everyone else’s responsibility to address their own heart.

    Here are some other questions to ask:

    If someone rejects the church, is it the fault of the church? I think it’s a little hard to do that in general terms. I see many people adopting a personal mantra of “hating religion and church” but stating that they love Christ. Sounds really cool, edgy, and above it all. [said with haughty British accent worthy of a Disney stuffed shirt character]

    Except there are often no other evidences that they really do love Christ, they say their worship is “found in nature”, and their love of Christ sounds more like a wimpy version of half-arsed Zen. They seek good Karma, be nice, never really want to talk of Christ beyond planting their flag on Christianity, and the rarely offered prayer is pretty much of a punchlist of thanks and gimmees for God and what they worship is pretty much everything else but God. Color me a cynic, but such personal mantras I think are often more rooted in a desire to not waste vacation time on Sunday morning while trying to assuage one’s conscience in the cheese sauce of self congratulatory superiority and to avoid any comparison from self or perceived from others of a life that does not include church and worship of any kind. Occasionally thinking about God, is not worship or fulfill any Biblical command. “I sleep in and recover from my hangover because I’m better than those boring hypocrites at church.” Don’t we simultaneously blame church-goers as both goody-bodies AND hypocrites? Strange!

    No, I have heard a lot of folks recently tell me about what goes on their lives at 2 AM Sunday morning while also telling me how sorry church is, how bored they are when they go, that they remember all the stories from when they were a kid, and how God doesn’t expect them to be in church because it’s such a waste of time. Sorry – – this one has come up lately for me quite a number of times and so I’m ranting a bit.

    More questions to answer:

    How does church work for so many, but not for others? If the church has become so bad, wouldn’t people of all ages be dropping out like flies? Why does the big drop seem to be among upper teens and 20s? Are there other common factors among those that drop out? Are they a superior breed, more enlightened? Could there also be personal reasons why people reject church? Are there societal reasons? Is this a new phenomena or one that repeats itself among most generations? Is that which is being criticized in the church also true with other religions, and if so are they suffering the same decline? Is there a ‘too cool for church’ bug going around? Is the ‘too cool church’ the answer?

    I agree that the world is a complicated place and people are very complicated. However, when I notice that someone is having a problem, I often tend to think that it starts inside. And even if there are outside complications, it’s how we handle things inside that is thing that needs changing most.