In the Trivialization of Jesus, I stated that being a Christian is a state of being, not a lifestyle choice. I still think that’s true. Like I said, no matter what we do or don’t do, we are all sinners saved by grace. We need to understand what it is Christ Jesus calls us to be. which isn’t to say that being a Christian isn’t a call to action. In fact, that’s exactly what it is. Christians are not to do good works to be saved but are to do good works because we are saved. But the problem still remains. Too often christians define themselves by what they do not do. We define ourselves by how we do not act like “the world”.
Action, however, implies doing something: moving forward. If Paul’s words in Romans 14:23 are to be believed, and anything that we do that does not proceed from faith is, in fact sin, that puts a whole new spin on things. Think about it. If we do something that is looked upon as “good” by the Church or society but it as any sort of genesis other than our personal faith, it’s sin. On the other hand, if we do something that may be considered “bad”, but it is spurred on by faith, then it is not a sin.
It’s a risky business to be sure. But it points to why a personal understanding of Scripture is so important. We need to be asking questions about what the Bible actually says. We have to be good readers not just sponges in the pew. Are there some things that we’ve been taught that don’t necessarily coincide with the Biblical record? Are certainly things that are emphasized over emphasized to the detriment of others? Different churches and denominations etc. teach different things for different reasons. I’m not demonizing the churches here, I’m just saying that maybe it’s time for some re-evaluations of our priorities. And top on the list, I think, is the question, “What does Jesus expect us to do?” And by “us” I mean the local people in the local church; you and me. The Church doesn’t need to become relevent to the culture. I detest that whole train of thought because it almost always concerns it’s appearance to the world. It already is relevent to the world. But it needs to prove it to the world. More than that, the world needs that proof.