Emotionally Fat but Spiritually Famished

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were driving home from Church. We pulled into our driveway, stepped out in our nicer clothes, guitar in-hand, and proceeded to walk up the driveway.

For some context, there’s a church across the street from us, so there are usually cars parked beside the road sunday morning.

Anyways, an older lady was walking back to her vehicle and she noticed us.
Seeing our clothes and guitar she deduced we had come from church. She asked us if we had, and we said that we just came back. Her reply at that point was something that’s stuck in my heart for weeks now, not so much for her motives (which i’m sure were pure), but rather for the deeper significance behind it.

What were her words you ask? Just two – “Good job!”

Why is this significant? Because, as a Christian, going to church isn’t a “good job”. Church was never meant to be something that you do once a week, you get a pat on the back, and then you live your week like the rest of the world (Colossians 3). Stepping foot in a building doesn’t automatically make you a Christian, or even a “good” christian, if there ever was one (Romans 3).

The real question is “what is a Christian”?

-The American churchis emotionally fatbut spiritually famished-.jpgThis american “christianity” has shaped us into a lifestyle of comfort, materialism, and godlessness under the guise of “i-go-to-church-a-few-times-a-month-so-im-a-christian” mentality. This is not Christianity. The buttery-smooth speakers who entice the flesh with little regard for Christ and him crucified. Never mentioning death to self, never mentioning that you could die for being a christian, only plopping you down in a seat and allowing you to consume until you’re emotionally fat and spiritually famished.

And before i’m misunderstood, attending church is VERY important in the Christian life. Or, i should rephrase, meeting at a church house and having fellowship with THE Church is essential to the christian life (Hebrews 10:24-26).

From scripture, there’s an interesting connection that i noticed while teaching the 7th and 8th graders a few weeks back. I asked a trick question, “what’s the difference between a christian, and a disciple?”.

***dead silence***

Me – “Nothing!”

If you are a Christian you will be a disciple. Matthew 28:19 equated sharing the gospel with making disciples. It’s not different. If you want to see people saved you MUST see them discipled. It’s not a “come to the front” moment, it’s a “lay down your life, give everything you have, and submit to a Christ into a life of godliness”. This doesn’t sound comfortable!

We want our cars, our houses, our boats! We want security! But Christ says to lay them at his feet. Don’t cling to them. Having a house or most anything isn’t sinful. But our hearts can so easily entice us into relying on them for our joy rather than Christ.

As one of my favorite songs says “You possess your possessions or they posses you” (Switchfoot – “If the House Burns Down Tonight”).

And I think that’s the danger of so called american Christianity. We love being comfortable, rich, and fat, more then we love Jesus. And this is an eternal error.

Sure, there’s a whole lot more to being a christian then what I’ve mentioned, but I want to make this clear – If you are a Christian, you are a disciple, and you are to die to yourself and make disciples. Don’t neglect fellowship with the saints. Don’t just go, sit down, and leave. Fellowship is building each other up, maybe encouraging, maybe rebuking.

But either way. I think the American mindset of Christianity has it all wrong.

So, as you see the myriad of people coming in tomorrow for Easter Sunday, welcome them with open, loving arms. But don’t sugar coat the gospel message. The Christian life isn’t easy, but it’s so very worth it.


Key Verses:

Matthew 28:19
Colossians 3
Hebrews 10:24-26

 

 

 

Some Resources For You!

I decided, because I had to go and update my auto insurance (which took a decent chunk out of my normal writing time) to give you all a list of awesome resources I have found invaluable in my walk with Christ, below are links and pictures, enjoy!

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Desiring God
-For everything related to The Bible and life, plumb the depths of their many articles and sermons!
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Bible Gateway
-A great resource for looking up and reading scripture!

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Plugged In
-When it comes to new movies, it’s hard to tell how crude it’s going to be. Plugged In gives you every instance of Sexuality, Cussing, and anything else before you even watch it!

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Downcast (APP)
-The BEST podcasting app i’ve ever found, though it’s only on iOS, the interface is clean and easy to use. I found ALL of the sermons I listen to and easily download them daily. I great tool for sermon and teaching consumption.

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Whom Shall I Fear?

The rhetorical question David sets forth for me echoes in the distance of my heart. I incline my ear for a response… 1 second… 10 seconds… Nothing.

Who is it? Where are all the things i should fear? Will i fear men? Will I fear poverty? Will i fear loss?

Will i fear my boss? The worst he can do is fire me, and Christ has promised: “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.

Will i fear my friends? Even when Christ has called me personally from
darkness into His marvelous light? When he counts me righteous by his blood? My standing with him will never change, even when my standing with others will.

Will i be afraid of those who can take house, car, and material possessions? Even when He said: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?… For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Whom shall I fear?

Thoughts of music

So from the title you most likely know what this next post will be about right? Yep, music. I LOVE music. As i wrote in my last post, i haven’t a clue what i want to do with my life, but i do know i love music, especially rocking out to some rock and metal! But i’m sure it will somehow “play” into my future. (get it? ha.. ha..)

Anyways, i love searching for new artists, finding great new albums, and just listening for the pure joy of it. Recently i found an artist named, “Derek Webb” and, after listening to his album, “She Must and Shall Go Free” was filled with hope for the christian music industry, combining folksy-rock (Almost like Johnny Cash meets Relient K in my opinion?) with honest, solid lyrics to create a great album definitely worth the listen.

See, that’s me. Some people will listen through an album and thoroughly enjoy it, nothing wrong with that at all. But me, I Listen to the album. I Listen for good music sound-wise. And I Listen for solid, well-crafted lyrics. And if it fits what i like, then i’ll keep on listening!

You could call me a bit of a music critic. But sue me, i love music that’s honest, well crafted, and music and lyrics that fit together in perfect harmony. And, honestly, i haven’t come by many bands that can do it super well. But hey, it really is all opinion right?

And, as the late-great musician David said:
“Sing to himĀ a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.”
(Psalm 33:3)

Whatever “skillfully” means for certain avid music listeners/players, from a nice guitar solo, to a passionate rock ballad, to even an intense throaty death-metal moment, keep on playing skillfully singing to Jesus a new song!