The other day I was listening to a podcast while driving back from Dallas when I started to think about Christianity today. What do we see Christianity as? How do we view faith today? To answer the question, simply put is that Christianity has become commercialized. When we think about commercials, infomercials specifically, what do they portray? Well they are meant to portray first, that you(the consumer) have a need. Think about it, “Do you have a problem with such and such? WELL… Buy our product and that problem will be a thing of the past!” So the salesmen make us feel like we have a problem and their product can instantly make our problem subside.
Definition of Christianity today? YES!!! (unfortunately)
Think about it, we have made God and faith in Jesus into something that if you have a problem in life God is the “quick fix,” God is the “miracle product.” Give it to Jesus and He will make your troubles go away! Think about the common phrase we here: “You have a God shaped hole in your heart that only He can fill.” I feel like I have heard that phrase a gazillion times growing up in the Bible belt!
That analogy is… Well, honestly awful. It implies that as soon as we accept Christ that hole is filled and problems are gone. It also implies that God only whats a “hole” in our life, but my question is this:
What about the rest of our lives!?
The main problem with this analogy is that if we are ONLY worried about that ONE place that needs filled in our lives how will we EVER give our ENTIRE life to Jesus Christ? When God comes into our lives He should be not only in EVERY aspect of our life but He should BE every aspect of life!! Did you hear that, (speaking to myself hear) BE EVERY ASPECT.
Ask anyone who has been a Christian for more than… let’s say… a month, “Is Christianity always happy go lucky?” And I guarantee that 100% of the time the answer is NO! NO! NO! We are painting this commercial picture of Christ today that He can come in and give you this fairy tale lifestyle with no worries. Because of this, many people at the first sign of trouble decide that Jesus isn’t really for them because they are still having the same problems!! The only difference is now they know it is wrong and feel guilty… No wonder they run away as quickly as possible!
In our culture it is easy to jump from “miracle product” to “miracle product” so why not in faith and religion, right? WRONG! Looking at Psalms 1 the Word says, “He is like a tree planted beside streams of water…” (He is just referring to someone whose delight is in The Lord). Think about a tree though, it takes TIME to grow. It’s growth is a PROCESS! The tree still gets rained on and storms still come! The tree may lose some branches here and there and take a beating, but because the trees root system is firmly in the ground it stays standing strong!
This is why I challenge everyone today to not let God fill a void in your life, but better yet start that process of letting God be the foundation of your life. LET HIM BE YOUR LIFE! A life of following Jesus is not going to be easy, the Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:12, “In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” Notice it says “WILL BE PERSECUTED.”
Think about it, if your going against the ways of the world then the world will try to persecute you. And if you are living for Christ you will be going against the ways of the world… The world tells us that “nice guys finish last.” Jesus tells us that “many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
So, do you want to be living for this world and finish first by worldly standards or would you like to be a “nice guy” and maybe end up last on earth, bottom of the barrel, a SERVANT, but end up first in the Kingdom of God? The choice is yours, and honestly, the choice is easy. The execution is the hard part, but you can do… Without a doubt, with Christ, you can do it.
“For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.” Galations 1:10
“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:3
Love you guys.
-A Recovering Christian