I think that where most self proclaiming Christians fail is in their ignorance of their faith. We all start this way. As believers and not followers. We believe in a higher being. This is important as that’s where it starts and our association to Christianity is even better, but we lack a basic understanding or knowledge of out belief. We must be willing to pick up the book in which we base our faith. It is not enough to just know the bible stories that we heard i n Sunday School growing up or simply knowing the bible off of what pastor so and so says. We must make time in the word. We can’t be complacent with basic knowledge of the bible first of all with so little understanding of the bible we leave room for 1st and 2nd Opinions. Second, without knowing the bible how can we possibly know what we are commanded to do. this is where the teaching of 2 Timothy 3-5 become true:
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
We cannot start to make the bible or the teachings mold into what we like. I Believe that this happens because of ignorance of the teachings. Also we don’t want to hear truth yet we always seek truth. We seek the truth that applies to us and run from the truth that causes us to turn away from our current ways or from where we are comfortable. I understand more and more the significance of having ears to hear and eyes to see.
“For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.” But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” (Matthew 13:15-17
If we are too involved in our Christianity or let it show too much, or quote scripture for everything we are told we are fanatics or that we are too “religious” Yet wasn’t Christ the same way. Was Jesus Christ too religious?? If I dare say that I don’t like associating with anything that does not point to God. I’m crazy or too Christian. Yet wasn’t everything and anything Christ did always pointing to God. Aren’t we supposed to live as Christ did. Then we hear Christ hung out with sinners, but did he hang out or did He share the gospel with them. Then we hear the “oh, but we’re not Jesus and we’re not perfect because we are human” speech. First thing that comes to mind is “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…” Phil 2:5
While researching this I ran into some good articles this was my favorite check it out if time permits Eyes to See, Ears to Hear
I’m also currently reading Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. I’m Still in the beginning but it’s talking about just that. That we become Fans of God instead of followers. “Many have made a decision to believe in Jesus without making a commitment to follow Jesus.” “Many Fans have repeated a prayer or raised their hand or walked forward at the end of a sermon and made a decision to believe, but there was never a commitment to follow.” “Following by definition requires more than mental assent, it calls for movement.” This all relates to my point that we need to make the effort thereafter to learn the scriptures to actually find out what we are believing in, not merely following blindly to what the preacher said that night when I answered the alter call. We can’t be Christians because it sounds good or it feels right. We have to make the effort to know our beliefs and then follow through. We won’t change ourselves. After time in the word God will change us. We will inevitably see change happen in our lifestyles. It’s not like a diet where you change for the benefit of losing weight. But a life style change that happens naturally.
Continually praying for you!