Monday, May 17, 2010

The Casual Christian

Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. (Mat 13:21)
Being a casual Christian is the same as being a oxymoron, thinking that you are wise but really you are a fool. Even though a lot of people think that it is okay to be a casual Christian, in reality there is no such thing as a casual Christian. It is impossible for a person to say: I'm a follower of Christ, but I'm not prepared to lay down my life for the Gospel. One or the other of these statements cannot be true. Our faith, as a Christian, demands our entire allegiance to our Lord and Savior. It cannot be a half hearted thing. There is no luke warmness or being casual in being a Christian.
Down through the history of the Christian Church we can all see and read about the martyrs who suffered for the cause of Christ. Down through the centuries throughout the world missionary kids have seen their parents killed, executed for their stand on the gospel. Even today some Christians have to hide to worship their Savior. The fact is many Christians have lost family to persecution. Many have given their lives or have been put in prison for the cause of the Gospel. Whether this is a tragedy or the glory of the church (in fact it is both) is not the point. It is a give fact. It is assumed of Jesus' followers they will follow him to where ever He goes, and He goes to places like the cross.
Martyrdom is not the issue here and it is not something that confronts the most of us. Few of us are persecuted for being a Christian. But there is one thing for sure and all of us can say that sometimes it is difficult to follow Christ. The Lord ask us, as Christians, to make sacrifices. He ask us to be obedient, even when obedience is very painful. He does not ask all of us to die for Him but He does ask all of us to live for Him.
One of the greatest weakness of the churches of today is their unwillingness to be humble as our Savior was. Some Christians are more like shoppers that shop around for a faith that suits them. The problem is this, When we really meet Jesus we are faced with a choice. Do we stand firm and rock hard in our faith, despite the many test and troubles that come our way or do we settle for a luke warmness that can be barely, if at all, be called Christian. That fact is if we are a Christian that is rooted and grounded in the Word of God we must prepare for trials and troubles because they will come!


Anonymous said...

The problem is the world is in the church and the eyes of the church members are not on Jesus. It is on everything else

Anonymous said...

What the church needs is a old fashion Holy Ghost revival. That is the only thing that will save the church and this nation from the coming destruction. Very good post. I enjoy your post

Anonymous said...

That is the problem with a lot of people. Everything goes. They have no purpose. They go what ever way the wind blows