Ever feel like you’re being pulled in dozens of directions?
It can sometimes seem like there are more and more expectations placed on us and we find we can’t live up to any of them.
From a man’s perspective, we’re expected to be understanding husbands, perfect fathers, committed workers, reliable friends and so much more.
The pressure from each of those areas can be hard enough but when you put them all together and then add a spiritual aspect we really do need to know how to think through the issues that call for our attention.
My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and current President of the Baptist Union of Australia. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.
Today we talked about constructing a Christian worldview. Obviously, it’s not only men who benefit from knowing what they believe and then living it out. We could all do with a better understanding of how to think through the issues that face us each day.
Do our beliefs really instruct the way we think about the world and how we live? If we have a strong world view we can walk confidently knowing that we have a framework which will define our priorities and our actions.
I had an interesting conversation with a teenager today. A good kid from a good family that attends a good church.
I asked him what it meant to be a Christian.
“It means you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.”
Okay, that’s a nice, correct answer. What does it mean?
“It means I’m going to heaven.”
Alright, but most people grow old and die before they go to heaven. What about between now and then? What does being a Christian mean in the here and now?
“If you pray for things, you can get stuff.”
Wow. Just… wow.
If that’s all there is I’d rather forget it.
Is that really what young people, or even most people, in churches today understand following Christ to mean?
When did Christ’s message change from giving our lives for others to having a magic genie that gives us stuff and provides a nice place to go when we die? When did the focus change from the glory of God to the satisfying of men’s petty desires?
I know that this teenager has given a very simplistic answer but I wonder how deep that kind of thinking goes. Are our churches just another instrument of a consumer society?
I wonder what kinds of answers we’d get if we asked some of the people we know what it means to be a Christian. If you’re a Christian what does it mean to you?
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