Is it Christianity?

Most people look to big churches as their example for how to do things.  It is assumed that because they are big they are good.  Others like to bash churches because they are big.  Same reasoning.  Because they are big they are just pandering to people’s desires. so they’re not good.  Focusing on the size of a church misses the point.  As churches grow, slowly or quickly (or even shrink), it’s important to ask what type of disciples are being produced in a church.  I submit that this is an infinitely more important question than the size of a church.

Regardless of size, America is afflicted with Christian leaders who communicate (overtly or subtly) that being a Christian doesn’t require much.  I would venture to say most Christian leaders ultimately want people to be fully devoted to following Christ and to sacrifice for him and others, but the way they introduce people to the church and then assimilate them makes that nearly impossible.  We draw people with slick performances and passive activities and then once they settle in we start to tell them it’s not all about the show and they need to act on their faith.  Is it any wonder so many don’t?  Is what they come to see as Christianity really Christianity?  (In my experiences most people have no idea what it really means to be a Christian–a little Christ.)

I don’t have a lot more to say on this.  I’m just pretty sick of commercialized, consumer-driven, materialistic, comfortable, safe, passive, knowledge-only Christianity being okay–even promoted.  Imagine what we could be if we communicated and lived the all-encompassing, sacrificial, other-centered, enemy-loving, poor-engaging, redemptive, call of Christ.  It would be great.

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Posted on May 12, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I agree.

    I’ll try to call later today.

  2. Good thoughts, Trevor. Reminds me of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s lament about ‘cheap grace’. We always have farther to go than what we often think. Deception, including self-deception, may have started in the garden, but it is alive and well (bad?) yet today.

  3. Hey Trevor,

    I’m reading a lot this week for school and just picked up Willard’s “The Great Omission” today. Don’t know if you’ve read it, but from what I’ve read so far you might resonate with its content. Another good one you may appreciate is called Transforming Disicpleship by Greg Ogden.

    Love your thoughts here by the way. I don’t remember where, but I recently saw someone write about the idea that perhaps leaders in our churches fail to press people about discipleship because it would force them to make some pretty big changes personally. Status quo is easy and comfortable, but discipleship requires sacrifice, time, effort, accountability…

    We’ll be in the Chicago area sometime soon. I’ll have too look back at our itineration calendar again to see when, but we’d love to see you guys and catch up on life.

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