Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?
Why is it called cargo when it comes by ship, but it is called shipment when it comes by car?
Why does fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?
Why is it called a building if it has already been built?
Why is abbreviated such a long word?
Why do people call themselves Christians and act the opposite of Christ?

Yea, so I am guessing that you figured out that the focus of this topic is the last question.  While the other questions are amusing, that last question should not be funny at all.  As a matter of fact, that last question should hurt if you are a Christian.  Yes, there is an easy answer to it.   It is because of our sinful nature, but we should not be happy with that answer.  Paul sure wasn’t.  In Romans chapter 7, he actually says that when he is sinning, he is doing something he hates.  Our sinful nature is an adequate answer, but it is not a good excuse.

Another bad excuse would be that everyone sins.  Again, this is an accurate statement, but it should not be used as a good excuse.  We are called to be better than that.  We are called to be Christ-like.  Jesus was, and is, perfect.  He was, and is, God incarnate.  He would not tolerate sin, and yet, became sin for us.  Paul, in 1 Corinthians 11 tells us to imitate him because he imitates Christ.  Do you think others should imitate us?  Are we really imitating Christ?

Generally, I don’t speak for others, but in this case, I will.  As the Church, we are not imitating Christ.  If we were, don’t you think that every church would be full, all the time?  We would not have enough building space.  We would have to have multiple services, every day, to fit all the people who wanted to worship the One True God.  What an amazing problem that would be.  Every year, churches shut their doors, never to open again.  Each week, people walk in to a church for the first time, and walk away feeling like no one knew they were there.  It seems like every day or so, another church is on the news for doing something that does not imitate Christ.  Peter and Paul would speak to crowds, and worship would happen for hours on end.  Today, people are worried about how long the service is.  How many times have you checked you watch or phone in church because things went too long?  Where did we go wrong?

Maybe the answer lies in the fact that Jesus is no longer as important as He once was.  People go to church to get what they want from a service, not what God wants for them.  How many times do we complain about a song because it is not our type of music, instead of worshiping God because He deserves it?  If we are supposed to be Christ-like, then we should be worshiping all the time, not just when the music fits our idea of what worship is…and not just when there is music.  Worship in prayer, greeting others, listening to messages, singing, talking, thinking…pretty much everything we do should be worship.  A man with a guitar is not what worship is all about, but The Man on a cross is!        

I think DC Talk got it right when they said “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today… is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”  Are we denying Christ, or demonstrating Christ?  Now, if you will excuse me, I have some things to work on.


Stepping out in Faith,

Pastor Derrick