Today’s blog was inspired by a post I found on Facebook yesterday. Here’s the screenshot:
Although the author spoke specifically about my country, I think the broader message applies across international borders.
You know, I think it’s a very real indictment against how we talk about the gospel today. It seems like the only benefits available to anyone who chooses to believe in Jesus stop at just having a better life here on earth. It seems to be all about getting our needs fixed. And I found myself thinking, if someone walked up to me and said
Hi, my name is Dave. I’m 29, a highly successful entrepreneur living in a plush mansion with a beautiful, equally successful wife who I’m madly in love with and a baby on the way. We’re blessed with pristine health, an adorable, close-knit extended family and a bunch of really great friends. We genuinely love people and do our best to support noble causes as they come to our notice. Things couldn’t have been better and we’re not in any form of need. Life’s just perfect with us.
So tell me why I still need Jesus.
If someone asked that, with the way the gospel is preached today, there’d be very little left to say. The ‘selling points’ would be all but gone! I bet we’d find it hopelessly hollow for someone who’s got all their obvious material/financial/emotional needs perfectly catered to already.
I believe marketing our faith on the basis of material gain just won’t work – because there are so many other legit, very lucrative and totally non-God-connected ways to get those sorted out. More so, such schemes I’ve discovered, do not produce hearts that are genuinely repentant and following hard after God. All they churn up are hordes of so-called worshippers, heavily laden with spiritualised greed as the focus stays on just 3 people – me, myself and I.
See, that’s why we must get back to the essence of our faith. It is not about getting ‘stuff’. As I said in yesterday’s post, God’s not one giant genie up there whose sole reason for being is to scurry around heaven, desperately trying to grant every wish we could ‘ask or think’.
A faith in God that’s driven by material needs is childish and shallow at best and eternally devastating at worst.
Thoughts ramble on in my head but I have to stop here. What do you think? Does the christian faith as it is shared today hold any relevance beyond material/physical/emotional comfort? In your mind, what’s the essence of the Christian faith? What does it really hold? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments section.
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