Doing one time deals at some point in the past is what now qualifies as “being a Christian.” As long as you think you’re saved, you are. As long as you jumped through some hoop, you’re in. This sort of thinking has taken over Christianity and has done a large disservice to the Church and to Christ. As pointed out yesterday, it robs Christianity of all its main ideas.
We’ve come now to a point where “Christians” look like the world. There is no distinction at all. And we then use this as a point of celebration because we are now “culturally relevant.” Paul’s admonition to us to “come out from among them and be separate” sounds quaint and possibly racist.
So, we’ve got a spirituality today that is floaty and gushy. People know they are saved because they pray for things and occasionally they happen. Or because they look normal and fit in with people at church. Or because they listen to Christian music and put out of context verses as their Facebook status updates.
Yet Christians look like the world. “Christian” kids don’t obey their parents. We don’t keep our word. We live for pleasure, and sacrifice nothing. We’re angry at every indiscretion cast our way instead of rejoicing in persecution. Our sexual morals and restraints are all but dismissed as old-fashioned puritanism. But hey, we show up to church occasionally and read some devotions in the bathroom once or twice. We know our pet doctrines and argue them smugly.
It all reminds me of 2 Timothy 3. The phrase that sums up all I’ve been saying yesterday and today is “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”
Our Christianity has no power today. We’re content with being worldly with Jesus. We’re content to keep faith as that thing I did when I was 7 when I prayed that prayer at camp. We do enough religion to feel spiritual, but there’s no power. There’s no resurrection life. We’ve even got doctrinal reasons to prove why our lives are filled with sin, “Hey, it’s all Adam’s fault, ever hear of original sin?”
I have heard of original sin, and I’ve also heard of resurrection. “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
If you’ve got no power, you’ve got no true godliness. You’ve just got you feeling special about yourself and that will get you nowhere on judgment day.