This week we looked extensively at the subject of confronting comfortable Christianity. We have seen that this phrase covers things from finances to religion. For the most part, much of what is practiced in so-called Christianity is nothing more than a Christian religion designed and arrived at through years of tradition. Christian religion can only help people overcome addictions, find a family that likes them, provide a place for social fellowship and an outward expression of worship.
It is untrue to say that religion never helps someone, for it can indeed help deal with many of the outward problems which afflict people. But, religion never helps heal the inside of a person. Only the true Christian faith can do that and that is because at the very basis of the true Christian faith is CHRIST.
So much of organized Christianity cares only about the way things appear (how they look on the outside). This superficial view of people, situations and one’s faith leads to a superficial religion. Indeed, for millions upon millions of Christians, their faith is defined by the church they attend, the songs they sing and the long prayers they recite. As much as it pains me to say it, this is NOT Christianity but rather religion.
When a Christian starts thinking like, acting like and looking like the Christ within; then the shackles of religion are thrown off and the spectacular freedom in Christ arises like a bird in flight. When the day arrives that we no longer need the heavy yoke of religious bondage, then we become free to serve the Lord the way He chooses. Please keep in mind I am speaking here of religion and not church.
Comfortable Christians want Jesus to be their friend but not their Lord. They want to walk up to Jesus and put their arm over His shoulder and talk with Him like one of the guys. They want Him to show up at the church picnics and sit around the campfire in His lawn chair. They want all these things for there is no threat to their lack of committed lifestyle involved.
Comfortable Christianity has no place in it for riled up preachers trying to get people to repent of their sins. Comfortable Christianity has no place for demands placed on their incomes or their time. Comfortable Christianity is, as it has been for generations, simply a way to appear just religious enough to keep the zealots at bay.
All across this world the scene is played out each and every Sunday morning as mom tries to get the kids dressed and ready for church while at the same time basically having to pull her husband by the ear to get him to even go. All the while the kids would rather be fishing, playing games or sleeping and the husband would much rather be golfing or working in the yard.
By the time this wonderful family arrives at church they all smile and tell everyone how happy they are to be there. They split up to Sunday School and pretend to have any interest in the material being taught. Then they go to church spending most of the time looking at their watches waiting for the time they hear the words they came to church to hear—AMEN.
Once they leave they begin fighting and complaining and fussing all the way home. They immediately head for whatever they had been deprived of for the two hours they were gone. The television is turned on to catch the NFL game, the computer games are fired up and the telephone becomes a means of relating gossip just discovered at church.
Through this all, the parties involved feel totally comfortable in their religion. It is just a necessary evil they must endure for a couple of hours each week. After that, they are free to resume their secular life free from having to think about religion. If someone taking a poll were to ask them if they were Christians, of course their answer would be a resounding YES. Comfortable Christians for sure, but not anyone who understands our faith.
Think of your attitude toward Jesus Christ, the church and other Christians. If they are a necessary evil or a pain in the rear end, then you are fully guilty of being a comfortable Christian. If Christ, His church and His people are merely something you only think of on Sundays then you are a comfortable Christian. If you cannot stand it when someone gets all excited about Christ or if you get nervous when someone starts talking in public about Jesus or if you are ashamed when someone prays in a restaurant before eating –you are a comfortable Christian.
I have not written these blogs this week to condemn anyone but rather to inspire us all to spend the time needed to make sure our heart is in the right place with our Lord Jesus Christ. I would pray that we never get so comfortable in our ‘religion’ that we lose the reason for it.
I pray that we never get so busy doing the work of the Lord we forget the Lord we are working for. I pray that we never allow ourselves to sink into the rut of our faith being nothing more than a convenient religion. I pray we strive to live our faith and boldly declare it to everyone we know. Thank You.
We cannot be Comfortable Christians if we have this Christ alive in our lives - our heartthrob, our Lord, our reason for living, and not tell the world and whoever next the Lord sends our way! We have to tell the world about our wonderful Saviour!
I serve a risen Savior
He's in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him
He's always near.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
In all the world around me
I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary,
I never will despair;
I know that He is leading,
Through all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing
Will come at last.
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
Lift up your voice and sing
To Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him,
The Help of all who find,
None other is so loving,
So good and kind.
Any Christian blogger needs the living Saviour if he/she has not accepted Him yet as his/her personal Saviour..
Unfortunately, the picture you have painted is true for far too many. Anyone can be "Christian" when it is comfortable but following Christ has little to do with being comfortable. It is about taking up your cross and following Him, wherever He made lead you...
Dear B2Y--Perhaps the difference between comfortable Christians and followers of Jesus is what He was thinking about when He said, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." Matthew 10:34.
Then He began to list all of the relationships faith in Him would disrupt and even divide. When one person in a family breaks away from the herd of comfortable Christians and becomes a follower of Jesus, and the rest do not, there is wall to wall conflict and confrontation.
But by God's grace, the follower of Jesus has a haven to go to--the strong tower of safety which is His very name. Proverbs 18:10. Excellent blog, my brother. Well said. Well written. :) YBIChrist--Ron