Christians today continue to sell Jesus as the answer to life’s problems. But what many provide their convert is the way to do church losing the heart of Jesus and the freedom of His Kingdom. This method of “evangelism” has become ineffective at impacting our culture where Christianity no longer has the largest influence. Frankly, this was never good form.
For decades, Westernized Christianity ruled American culture through social pressure. Divorce was forbidden, and many steered away from breaking the legal contract, yet fear of being shunned did nothing to bring wholeness and joy to marriage. Stigmas that followed the promiscuous youth along with fear of pregnancy (pre free contraception and readily available abortion) was effective to curb the overt actions of some but did nothing to create purity in a generation.
Today, non-traditional ideas and lifestyles tout new social pressure. Christian expressions of opposition to these ideas are taboo and in some settings literally outlawed. Christianity was wrong to use it’s popularity as a method of conversion and control. Similarly, Constantine legalizing Christianity, making it the religion of the state, was ineffective at creating a society of true converts in the fourth century . Heresy was intolerable. Becoming a Christian was the way not to be killed or imprisoned or a new way to climb the Roman Empire ladder. Sadly, not much has changed in the hearts of mankind. Church going is often used as a way to keep parents or a spouse happy, to draw customers to a new business or to help fund a political campaign. Church attendance may swell but it is not the “building up” of the church written about in the Bible.
Modern Christians need to let go of the illusion that conformity is indicative of a heart that has met Jesus. The tree of life is not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. These were two separate trees in the garden of Eden. And the fruit of knowing right and wrong is not the same as the fruit of the spirit of the tree of life.
Christians need to stop pressuring people to agree with truthful statements and start introducing people to Truth. Rules, regulations and behavior modification is more manageable and less messy than a relationship with a loving, untamed, passionate God. But transformation, both individual and cultural, will only come with authentic spiritual relationship with the Creator.
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