I hate shallow Christianity.
I’m not referring to baby Christians. I don’t hate someone who is just learning their way in Christ, or people who are finding their way back into fellowship with God.
I’m referring to people who have never progressed in their walk with the Lord. And when I say “I hate”, I am referring to their lack of righteous fruit, not the individual. I am angered by those whose faith is weak and untested. Not untested because the Holy Spirit has not led them into times of testing, but because they did not recognize their current circumstance was a test. And so they fail…repeatedly…to the determent of God’s kingdom, and to those who occupy the same space with them.
Life is always a test, or better yet, a choice. These are people who do not seek God for wisdom. If they do seek Him, they don’t stop long enough to listen. These are Christians who do not seek His truth in the scriptures. If they do look to the word, it’s only for a positive word of scripture…something fluffy that bolsters their emotions. If they happen to run across a word of conviction (translation: are LED to a scripture), one that steps on their toes, they quickly turn the page…or close the book. There is no acknowledgement of ignorance or personal sin. The thought of humbling themselves to ask for mercy and grace is foreign. To respond as Jesus would respond is a fleeting, if never-present, idea.
For these believers, it is always someone else’s fault. They have just drawn a bad hand of cards. Life is stacked against them. Excuse after excuse after excuse. And so, in their ignorance, arrogance and unbelief, they war with human wisdom, in a field of flesh and blood, playing right into the enemy’s hand.
God’s kingdom operates differently than man’s kingdom.
To confront hate, we are to extend love. To counteract slander and persecution, we are to pray and ask our Father to bless the person slandering us. We don’t pay back an evil deed with another evil deed. If God did that with any one of us, we would cease to exist.
It’s time to grow up.
It’s time to face the hard truth about yourself.
If the body of Christ is ever to become the beautiful Bride, the Church that Jesus chose for His very own, then we must face our mirror and truly see what we look like in HIS eyes. Just know that He sees us through His eyes of love. You weren’t chosen because you were the most beautiful, the most handsome, the most AWESOME human who has ever walked this earth. You were picked out and adopted simply because of His great love for you.
Let others see how much God loves them through you.
“…just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” Ephesians 5:25b-27