“Part time Christianity”
“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today are Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyles. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds, unbelievable.”
Right or wrong, the statement above is how Brennan Manning, author and public speaker, encapsulates the Christian community. It’s a harsh observation to say the least, but could it be true? Is that how some in the world sees us? Going to church on Sunday worshiping God, then going out into the world on Monday and forgetting all about Him for the rest of the week? Putting our wants and needs before His? Succumbing to the temptations of the flesh rather than honoring Him in all we do? Would the casual observer watching you and your actions during the week be able to determine if you were one of His? That you belonged to Him? Would those around you see Christ’s love & compassion in your life? All Introspective questions to fetter out where the truth in our lives exists, but necessary ones for us to ask ourselves.
What this all boils down to is encapsulated into one, concise and very introspective question: As a Christ follower, Do you live what you believe? Are you and I contributors to the some of the problems that plague our world or are we part of the solution? Do we just talk the talk, or actually walk the walk? If not “Us” to make a collective & positive change in the world, then, “Who?” If not “Now,” then, “When?” Come with us and become Part of His Vine. It will change how you see the world forever.