“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”-Revelation 3:15-16 NIV
So right now, hopefully you are scratching your head. Scratching your head because of the seemingly contradicting title I posted. How can someone be a Christian atheist? First off, I would like to say that I first came across this title at a Christian bookstore a while back. I have not read any of that book, so please do not take this post as a summary or critique of that work. Instead, this post is about something that is very important to me personally. And I hope that after reading this article you will do some self reflection. For the record, this post is not a feel-good post. It is a message that Christ has given me to proclaim to people.
I have seen it all my life, but more recently within the last couple years. You’ve probably seen it as well. People who call themselves Christians, but when you look at their life, you are left wondering what is different about them because you can’t tell what is different about them. Going back a couple years, I’ve repeatedly experienced this first hand through people I know. And I’ll admit- I was one of those people for a while. Just the other week, I came across something from an old friend I used to know really well but who I had lost touch with. We will call this person “Bob.” Bob calls himself a Christian, but I’m honestly telling you that there was no indication that he was any different. Sure he goes to church and says he is a Christian. But he isn’t walking his life out the way that Christ said to. How does this come across to people he’s in contact with? For their sake, I would hope that Bob hasn’t told them that he’s a believer in Christ. How embarrassing! It would be better for these people to wait and see a genuine Christian than to be turned away by an inconsistent “believer.”
Do you see? By living like the world, we are turning non-believers away. I don’t know about you, but that is a conversation I would want to avoid with God on the Judgement Day. We were of the world, but have been called out of it. Satan is the prince of the earth because it is cursed by the fall: “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.” -John 12:31 NIV. Those who have been saved are not of this world anymore! Take a look at this: “They (Jesus speaking to God about disciples) are not of the world, even as I am not of it.‘ -John 17:16 NIV.
“That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” -Ephesians 4:20-24 NIV
As Christians, we are called to a higher standard. Stop living like the world! What an insult to your Creator who saved you! You are essentially denying Him. Ephesians 4 is full of more on this subject, but I don’t have room for it all in this post.
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” -Matthew 12:30. You see that? We SCATTER when we do not gather with God. We lead people away from Him when we don’t lead people to Him.
It is said that one of the main reasons people leave Christianity or stay away from it is because of hypocrisy within the church. That’s right- hypocrisy within the church. Ouch. That better hurt.
Are you the reason that someone is walking away from Christ?
As the title implies, don’t be the Christian who lives like God doesn’t exist.
What are your thoughts on this post?