As we celebrate the highest of holy days in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it may be wise to take time for some introspection. My son recently sent me an article about the decline of Christianity in our nation. It talked about how only 18 percent of Millennials find Christianity relevant. The article said that Christians get enraged at immorality, policy, and the state of affairs in our country and around the world.
Yet we are demanding that people hold to moral beliefs as justified by a Book that they don’t even read. On a day that we commemorate Christ sacrificing His life that all who believe on Him may have everlasting life, Christians, as a whole, should be doing a better job as disciples than what we have been doing.
1 Corinthians 5:12 asks, “For what have I to do to judge them also that are outside? do not you judge them that are within?” In direct speak, it means that we have no business holding those who do not know the gospel accountable to our standards. That’s why we are exhorted, even commanded, to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey what the Lord has commanded us.
We must find ways to make Christianity relevant. It has been tainted to be identified with political ideals, when in reality—the political ideals should be identified with Christianity, foundationally centered on God’s love and love for one another.
This starts with our individual relationship with the Lord; to look at our families, communities, states, nations from a Christian lens, we should first start by looking in the mirror.
The apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:17-19, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”
The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:13-14, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Jesus said in Matthew 24:23, “Then if any man shall say unto you ‘Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.’”
Our national identity and more important, our personal salvation is diluted tremendously if we, as Peter put it, “scarcely be saved.” If America’s preachers are so intent on preaching/teaching a self-indulgent, extra biblical and emotional version of the Christ, then what Christ are we following? The real Son of God, crucified and risen, for our sins, or some humanist version of Christ that fits a social or political extra-biblical gospel?
It is here, not on the national policy front, that we as a people have lost our identity. This should be a serious personal consideration that gives weight to working out your salvation with fear and trembling.
Have a blessed and powerful day!