That’s right. This weekend I renounced my (cultural) “Christian” ways, and have decided to live a new chapter of my life.
What do you think of when you think of a “cultural Christian”?
Most of the time, it is not the qualities that Jesus said we’d be known for..
ie: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Most of the time, these are the things we think of when we think of “Christians”:
hate, depression, animosity, impatience, disdain, evil, hypocrisy, callousness, and a major lack of self-control.
Am I right?
You see, this weekend I went on a retreat type thing.
It changed my life.
I saw that I am really good at being a “Christian”, but I am really bad at following Christ.
Did you catch that?
I am really good at tweeting things that SOUND great and are biblically accurate (most of the time), and I am really good at talking to people about my ‘faith in Jesus’. I am also really really good at faking people out – at letting them see the good side of me. Not the side that struggles with lust (and we all know what that means when a guy says that…It means I struggle with looking at porn every now and again), greed and laziness.
Christian; can we put to death our cultural “Christian” selves and live a life for Jesus?
Can we finally come out and share that we are broken, sinful, struggling (yet redeemed) individuals who are leaning on the love and grace and understanding of Jesus?
Can we be up front and honest about our sins, pitfalls and doubts?
Can we please stop acting like we’ve got all the answers and our lives are hunky dory?
Can we please stop demanding grace from everyone around us while being selfish in sharing it?
This weekend I vowed to stop being a cultural “Christian”.
This weekend I vowed to follow Christ…to be a little Christ.
To be real.
To be honest.
Whatever that looks like. Whatever that means.
I challenge you to do the same.
EDITS: This post has been edited for clarity’s sake after being addressed by a few men (and women) that I trust. Leading the pack was my good friend Ryan Dalgliesh. I have edited the post to be clear about the TYPE and STYLE of ‘Christianity’ I died to this weekend. Thank you all for your comments, shares, and rebuke. I am still learning how to effectively communicate my points.