Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Making Christianity Irrelevant for the Masses

It seems as though being a conscientious Disciple, Follower and Student of Jesus has become irrelevant to the majority of those who call themselves Christians. It’s not that Christians haven’t read Jesus’ statement, “Whoever hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a person who builds h/his house [life] upon a rock.” Christians hear those words, perhaps dozens of times throughout their lives. Part of the problem is, we also hear and obviously give consideration to voices that are pushing many differing thoughts. For some reason we’ve come to believe that pagan philosophies are just as relevant to our daily lives as are the saving words of Jesus.

Sadly, most Christians today simply do not give more than lip service to the thought:

‘Jesus’ teaching presents the best way to live one’s life’.

Christians tell themselves that being a diligent follower of Jesus is not as important as having faith in Jesus for salvation. As I’ve said in a couple other posts, we claim to trust Jesus with our eternity but not our today. There seems to be little comprehension that today is our training ground for tomorrow, and our eternal tomorrow is nothing but an extension of the direction in which we are travelling today.

If the teachings of Jesus are anything less than crucial and vital to how we live, work, and relate to those around us, what’s the point? Why would any pagan pay attention to our lives when our ways and means of coping with life are virtually identical to the behaviour of those who are on their way to hell? A casual look at the state of Christianity in Europe and North America would suggest that we’ve made Christianity irrelevant for the masses. Which leads me to wonder. If my witness has become irrelevant and ineffective, perhaps God will see my life in the same light when it comes to considering me for eternity in heaven. Perhaps He will be justified in saying, “Get away from Me. I never knew you.” (Matthew 7:23)

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