Christianity in modern America can be likened to an obese man (or woman) driving to a fast food restaurant and ordering a double cheeseburger, large fries, and a diet coke. God is our diet coke. Many of us consume nasty, gross things all week long and then try to supplement our disgusting diets with a sugar-free God, as if a little bit of God is better than none at all. However, scripture tells us otherwise. God would rather us be utterly lost than to follow him half-heartedly. Read that again. God would rather us be utterly lost than to follow him half-heartedly. Wow.
But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
Rev. 3:16 (NLT)
So what makes us think we are any different? Why would we assume that we could be lukewarm and still be accepted as a Christian? Going to church once a week is not enough. It is insulting to God for us to think that showing up in a building for an hour is enough to gain entrance to heaven.
Now, let me make this perfectly clear; I don’t believe we can work our way into heaven. I believe we are saved by grace through faith and no amount of good works will secure our place in God’s presence. However, James writes, “faith without works is dead” (2:20). We are required to bear fruit day-to-day, not just on Sunday.
Isn’t it odd that Acts 11:26 reads, “And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch”? The apostles didn’t call themselves Christians; the non-believers in Antioch who encountered them gave them that name. Little Christs – more than likely originally intended to mock the believers. What are we doing to deserve that name? When we walk down the street are we portraying Christ so much that those around us would compare us to Him?
Jesus was blameless.
He was sinless.
He was holy.
Jesus walked in love.
Jesus was graceful, caring, passionate and compassionate.
He spread peace with a soft tongue.
He was slow to anger.
He was a servant.
Do any of these things describe you?
– excerpts from my upcoming book “The Illusion of Safety: The Modern Laodicea” used in this blog.