Christianity Is Not About Being Good & Doing Good

Christianity Is Not About Being Good & Doing Good

Christianity is not about being good & doing good like too many people, even Christians, think. How did this happen? How did we end up to this? What has happened in churches if young Christians don’t know what Christianity is all about. Do you know?

This CNN article talks about how more teens are embracing “moralistic therapeutic deism” meaning it’s watered-down faith that portrays God as a “divine therapist” whose chief goal is to boost people’s self-esteem. I’d say that even more and more adult Christians don’t know what Christianity really means.

The sad thing is that Christianity is so simple that it does not take a genius to understand it. But it might be too easy for many. They think there should be a way to earn our salvation. What Christianity offers is free grace. Nothing but grace. But, paradoxically, that is everything.

Or, on the other hand, Christianity might be too demanding. “God doesn’t want something from us. He simply wants us”, states C.S. Lewis. The western culture has become so individualistic “Me-Me” culture that people do not want to be told what to do. Then surrendering to God feels too scary and too demanding.

I don’t want to have a watered-down god.
I want the holy and wild God
who is powerfully alive.
who lovingly wants to be in relationship with me.
who gracefully offers me life and more life through faith in Jesus Christ who conquered all sin at the cross.
who tenderly sends the Holy Spirit to live in me.
who gently changes me to be more like him.
who softly says ‘come to me and lay down your burdens, I give you rest’.
who doesn’t know anybody who he can’t love.
who is the alpha and the omega of this universe and beyond.
who is the redeemer of the world.
who came into flesh in Jesus and died on the cross and rose on the third day.
who is an active and dynamic force in this world.

How about you? I want all of it. Not just a part of it. I want all of it. I want the rough edges and all. I don’t need a picture-perfect, marshmallow god who says anything goes as long as you are nice. I don’t need a feel-good god who tells me feel okay about myself. I want more!

The good news is there is a powerful, wild God who sees me and the world as we are and who doesn’t leave us there but who guides us to be changed inside out by God’s amazing grace. You can have your watered-down feel-good version. Give me the old time religion. Give me Jesus! You just don’t know what you’re missing. Oh, you just don’t know what you’re missing. There’s so much more to God!

My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

   Glory to God in the church!
   Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
   Glory down all the generations!
   Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!

   (Ef.3:14-21, MSG)

Gracious God,
My heart aches that people don’t know you.
My heart breaks to see people becoming indifferent to you.
Let the whole world know you!
Let the whole world find the way back to you.
Guide us to be better messengers of you.
Guide us to reflect your love and grace.
In Jesus’ name,

Q4U: What are your thoughts about what Christianity is all about?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim! I pray that you can experience the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love.

P.S. Don’t forget the contest!

Photo courtesy of Michael McFatridge

4 thoughts on “Christianity Is Not About Being Good & Doing Good

  1. Excellent post. I've been having this conversation a lot as of recent. It's hard to fathom how we don't have to do anything to earn salvation. In this world nothing is free, everyone wants something for something. Motives are jaded by narcissism and it's hard to accept something for free without questioning, "what do you want from me?"
    Thankfully, we serve a God who shows mercy and gives grace and we don't deserve it. Because of makes me want to be nice and do good things.

  2. Exactly, Laura! We love because we were first loved by God! We want to be nice and do good things as a response to God's abundant grace. Thanks for sharing! Thanks for your feedback. Blessings!

  3. It never has been about being good, had it been Jesus Christ never would of came and died for us. But sadly many people who do good think that they can enter into heaven with their good deeds, the bible is clear that we can't enter on good deeds and being a good person, we must accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior other wise you will not enter into His Kingdom.

    When I hear people make statements like I'm a good person I'm going to heaven I ask them do they have a relationship with Christ they say no I don't and I say to them why? They give me their honest answer and I go into witnessing to them and later that day I ponder on their statement and I think the reason many say it is because they truly don't want to change from living their lifestyle they have. They don't want to come from sin they don't want to do what the word says about living a righteous life.

  4. Desiray,
    First of all, thank you for sharing your thoughts! I have similar experiences. Change is tough and it's even tougher to admit you're a sinner and in need of salvation. Let's keep on praying. God is the only one who can change hearts and minds. But he is an awesome God!

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