It's Too Easy To Be A Christian

It's Too Easy To Be A Christian

How the feel-good gospel cripples Christianity.
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The title for this article might sound harsh or even downright wrong to you, but I did that on purpose. Let me start by saying this:

Yes, Christianity is all about forgiveness, acceptance, and excitement about Jesus, but that shouldn't cost losing the rest of the Message.

If you're like me and have grown up in church you hear those three things (forgiveness, acceptance, and being "fired up" about the Gospel) preached in every which way imaginable. Just to be clear, I am not calling out any one denomination because I have been to at least four in the last three years that and have heard variations the same feel-good sermon (or should I say pep rally) over and over.

Is that all there is to the Gospel? The short answer is no. It's not that these things are not great or worthy of preaching about, but the fact is that they are "safe" topics that will keep people coming to church and leaving feeling good about themselves.

Our modern Church seems to be more interested in cranking out Christians than cultivating Christ followers.


The term Christian has become more of an identity than a way to live. Christianity would be pretty easy if it were just being nice and accepting and maybe slipping the word Jesus into conversation every now and then, but we are called to do more than this. Christianity shouldn't feel easy because it is an uphill battle against your own sinful nature. Yes, I just called you sinful. It's not "cool" to talk about sin at church, but it's the reason why being a Christian is hard.

Being a Christian means following Jesus. It means being different. It means going against every natural instinct you have and listening to that small voice you could easily ignore. It means being weird, boring, lame, you name it, but guess what? People thought Jesus was weird too. Follow Him and you won't be popular, but if you're a Christian it's not a suggestion; it's required. 1 John 2:6 says:

Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did. (NIV)

Living like Him does not involve being comfortable and passive. If you live like Jesus it won't be easy to be a Christian, but He will pick you up whenever you fall!

The whole Gospel is beautiful, don't settle for the diluted version.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter
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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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Calling People Hateful Is Not A Productive Dialogue

Universities have become a breeding ground for intolerance.

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The political climate is rough. I don't enjoy commenting on it because of how controversial it has become. Every once in a while, however, I come across something that rubs me the wrong way.

As I was walking through campus the other day, chalked on the side of a cement wall was a phrase claiming the College Republican club on campus was a hate group. I don't know anything about the person who wrote this statement or anything about the College Republican group on campus, but I do know one thing: this statement is false.

Universities have become a breeding ground for intolerance.

Just because someone has a different opinion from you doesn't mean they are hateful. There is room for disagreement.

A psychology professor of mine once said something that impacted my perspective toward both political parties: "Both sides think they're right, but both sides can't be right." Both sides make decisions based on what they think is right. A person's opinion is not "wrong" if it differs from yours. It's just different.

It's important to recognize that people won't always agree with you, and that's okay. That doesn't give you the right to call them mean or hateful. It allows an entrance into discussion. Besides, if you want to persuade someone that your belief is more accurate, name calling won't get you anywhere. It will only cause the other person to view you as inconsiderate and unwilling to understand.

How can you convince someone to believe you when you won't listen to their perspective? How can you expect people to listen to you when you won't do the same in return? Not only is it important to recognize a person's beliefs, it's important to understand why they believe what they do.

In order for people to engage in productive dialogue, both sides need to listen to each other and respect each other. Tossing labels around progresses nowhere and doesn't benefit anyone.

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