Evicting Jesus

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Today I have been reflecting on the state of affairs with the Church and it’s members. Those who go on Sunday’s, fill up the pews and then walk out unchanged. Church has become nothing more than a social club or coffee clutch.

And we wonder why the world doesn’t respect Christians.

I can’t quite blame them. We are wishy washy, sensual, carnal, powerless, materialistic, selfish and self seeking. We only care about ourselves, our agendas, our concepts, our dreams and our works.

We appease our conscience by doing missions work or by feeding the homeless every now and then.

We Christian’s have been acting “politically correct” as not to offend anyone. We basically want our cake and eat it too.

I have decided not to mince words or keep silent anymore on issues I believe need a spotlight.

Lately, I have been noticing that Christians are walking on egg shells around nonbelievers.  They don’t want to offend.

I am all fine and dandy about this to a point. But, when I have to make excuses for the sake of unbelievers or told to be sensitive to nonbelievers or to keep silent about my faith, then that’s where I draw the line.

You know why?

Because nonbelievers do and say whatever the heck they want  and no one says a word to them. Yet I’m suppose to keep my mouth shut, not say anything about my faith for fear they will be offended or feel uncomfortable?

I walk down the streets of Manhattan and I am assaulted by unbelievers cursing up a storm and acting in offensive ways. I can’t do or say a thing about it either. But yet, I have to be careful around them for being a Christian?

I’m sorry, but there is something terribly wrong with this picture. For me, it’s called compromise. We want to please everyone, but if we call ourselves a Christ follower, then God requires us to please Him first.

Listen, I’m the last person to get in someone’s face and force them to believe in Jesus. But I sure as hell won’t be keeping silent or behaving like I’m not one. I don’t have to be ashamed of Jesus Christ.

Why do I have to make excuses or keep silent that I’m a Christian amongst  unbelievers?  Oh I see, I have to tolerate them, but they can’t tolerate me?

I presume I have to apologize for my mere existence or for the air I breathe too?

No one is apologizing to me for being a Muslim, Buddhist or Satanist? I don’t expect them to, but nor should they expect me to either.

The way I see it is this, if you are Christian, then you are a Christian, period. I shouldn’t have to squirm, apologize or pretend I’m someone other than who I am to please anyone.

Nor should I have to censor what I write or believe either. With all due respect, if you don’t like what I have to say, you don’t have to read or subscribe to my blog. I’m not here to win any popularity contests. I’m here to tell the truth as I see it. If you don’t agree with it, then please feel free to unsubscribe. I’m not going to compromise my beliefs for anyone… even if it means walking alone.

God gave me the gifts I have and He has blessed me with the ability to communicate and write. He has called me to use those gifts to encourage and edify the Body.

He did not say for us to bury our gifts, He said for us to use them for His glory, not use them for our own gain.

I’ve been reevaluating lately and the more I go on, the more disappointed and disillusioned I’ve become with the state of affairs. The world has seeped into the Church and Christians are acting no different than the unbelievers.

We have evicted Jesus from our Churches, from our projects, from our agendas, from our plans… and mostly, from our hearts. Do we  really expect Him to be cool with that?

Sorry, but this isn’t how it works. Jesus said, “But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33)  He also said, “But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” (Rev. 3:16)

Yes, God is a loving God, but we can’t take His love for granted.

If Christians keep acting like He doesn’t exist as to not offend people, then I’m afraid the state of affairs is only going to get worse, not better.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you feel like you have to walk on egg shells, make excuses or pretend you are not a Christian for fear of offending unbelievers?

 

16 Comments

  1. Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:06 am by Chris | Permalink

    Pilar, your passion and commitment to your art inspires me. I was writing something this morning as I processed through an event, and I was struggling with the need to push my faith aside for the sake of others. Then I read this post. You gave me courage to value my voice, my heart, my art, and my Jesus (not in that order necessarily) more than anything else. Even a wonderful community of writers.

    • Posted January 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm by Pilar Arsenec | Permalink

      Chris, you are the kindest and best of all encouragers. Thank you for reading my posts and commenting. You are a blessing to me. I appreciate you.

  2. Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:12 am by annepeterson | Permalink

    I love your passion and your desire to speak up for the Lord. Good post, Pilar.

  3. Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:49 am by Debi @ FunkiPlanet.com | Permalink

    Great post! No eggshells for me because I am a warrior in the army of the Lord! But I so appreciate your encouragement to others who are struggling to stand up. You go girl!!!! Have a most excellent Sabbath!!

    • Posted January 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm by Pilar Arsenec | Permalink

      Thank you sister! Have a blessed week. Thanks for stopping by, reading my post and commenting. I appreciate it.

  4. Posted January 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Kate Hall | Permalink

    I guess I’m a minority here. I thought your post sounded defensive and angry, but I’m not sure at whom. Our enemy is Satan. Sometimes I think that can be the hardest thing to remember – it is for me.

    Why are you feeling like you have to hide your Christianity? Perhaps I’m not bold enough in my preaching, but I’ve found that as I’ve developed relationships with non-believers, no matter how offensive they might be, they get to know me and they see something different in me. I *hope* it’s peace, love and acceptance. When they finally hit rock-bottom I hope they’ll want to know where I find my peace, love and acceptance. Then I’ll point them to Jesus, who they no longer just see as something in my life, but perhaps they will want to see in theirs as well.

    • Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm by Pilar Arsenec | Permalink

      I am sorry you did not get my post. I am not angry, just speaking truth. It definitely won’t be for everyone. Thanks for sharing your thoughts nevertheless.

  5. Posted January 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm by Timothy Burns | Permalink

    Right on target, Pilar

  6. Posted January 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm by Scott Berry | Permalink

    There was a time in my life when I’d have to say that was true — that I did walk on eggshells to avoid “offending” those who were non-believers. But maybe I wasn’t so sure myself about what I believed. It’s challenging enough to “rock the boat” when your faith is strong — but to do it when you’re struggling with your own doubts? Not going to happen.

    That’s not the case anymore. You mentioned about how Christians go on little mission trips or help feed the poor or homeless so that they feel better about themselves. Sadly, I’m not sure that we are even doing that. Without hijacking your post, I’d love to share my story of how I changed from that ‘reserved’ believer into someone who spends every day, nearly every breathe talking about serving those around us. God changed my life through one of those little mission trips . . . and I’d love to share that story with your readers some day.

    • Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm by Pilar Arsenec | Permalink

      Thanks for sharing. I appreciate it. I am not bashing those like yourself who do missions. I have many close friends who are serving full time on the mission field. I am not addressing those who have given up everything to serve Christ. I am talking about nominal Christians who are about pretense and everything they do is to show they are Christians by their works. But their hearts are far from Him.

      • Posted January 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm by Scott Berry | Permalink

        Nope – didn’t think you were bashing at all. I am VERY annoyed at those who ‘claim’ their faith but don’t ‘live’ their faith. But I was in that very same position a few years back. My wake up came through one of those short term mission trips. My goal now is to help others see how they can be involved, not just once in a while, but on a regular basis.

  7. Posted January 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm by Leigh A. Hudson | Permalink

    You go girl!

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