One of my great frustrations as a pastor has been those people whose lives are at rock bottom, with no where but God to turn to. They feel disabled and out of sorts, needing a crutch to get them through the brokenness. They come searching for God, but then refuse to follow God’s Word.
If you want to call yourself a Christian, go right ahead.
If you want to believe Bible stories, that’s fine.
If you want to go to church and feel like you’re a part of a great support group where you get lifted up for the week ahead, do so.
The problem is that you don’t want Christ to affect the way you’re living your life. You’re happy being on-fire for Jesus today as long as it doesn’t change the way you vote … or spend your money … or talk to other people … or enjoy the things you like … or engage the culture … or live your relationships tomorrow.
If all that Christianity does is change the label you give yourself today or the crowd you hang with on Sunday morning, what’s the point? Christ is the Healer, not a crutch to get you through your hurt so you can then walk away on your own terms. Christianity is not another feel-good fad in a do-good religion; it is a transforming relationship with the living God.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1).