I’ve noticed that some who have walked with Christ, people who I know are Christians, have simply wandered off.
Sometimes done quietly.
Sometimes done with loud, boisterous posts on social media.
At the end of the day, they simply wandered away from things they once believed.
Some are angry. Some have an axe to grind. Some have something to prove.
They want to shove their rejection of the faith, they once claimed they held, into everyone’s face.
So many excuses and self-justified reasons.
Some aren’t angry, or even mad really. Some aren’t even discouraged.
They have simply not seen the life of God in the community of faith and have lost interest.
They hold to the thought that life is busy, work is hard, things are crazy, why waste time with church and church stuff when they get nothing from it? Why invest time when no one really knows them or even cares? They’d rather sleep in.
Yes… life is busy. Work is hard. And there is no doubt that things are crazy in this time of life. But this is nothing new. It has been this way since the beginning of time itself.
When this millennial generation raises their collective heads from their smartphones and for the first time they really take a look at life, some don’t like what they see.
They see the ugly part of life.
They see political chaos.
They see the horror of war.
They see the senseless acts of terrorism.
They see people separated by social class and race.
The haves and the have-nots.
Yes… this world is ugly. It has been this way since the beginning of time. Read the history of the human race. More importantly… read the Bible.
All documented there… the ugliness of the human spirit.
This generation sees the reality of life and for some their first take is to reject the faith of their family and of past generations.
They believe that the church is to blame.
Surely their parents got it wrong.
They quickly head in other directions.
One direction is they dig deeper into their social media outlets and escape the realities of life. They become naïve to this world and have no interest in dealing with this reality they see.
Now there are many “escapes” that can be found in social media. We live in a world that people have the most information at their fingertips but fail to learn and retreat to a fantasy world. Not in all cases, but I am sure that many would rather escape into the fantasy world that doesn’t exist rather than understanding their responsibility to reach a lost and dying world for Jesus Christ.
I wonder the impact on the world if they used this same passion into reaching others for Christ.
I think, in these days of craziness, the biggest enemy of the church is apathy.
Apathy is a slow chilling of our faith and interest that leaves us unfeeling and uncaring about the most important thing in life – a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Apathy kills the passion for the truths of Jesus Christ. It causes us to doubt. It causes us to question His existence. If you think that Jesus Christ wasn’t born of a virgin, if He wasn’t the Son of God, if He could not pay the price for sin and without a real belief in what He did for us on the Cross of Calvary, then why should we keep going? Why should we continue to be part of something that does nothing for us?
This is apathy. Our faith… on ice.
Apathy kills our faith. We get cold to things of God. It’s easy to wander, to become apathetic, to grow cold. It’s a challenge to stay near the flames, to seek out community even when you don’t feel like it. It’s important because the greatest weakness in our life is not outright sin… it’s apathy.
You need to know this can happen to all of us! We all can become cold to the truth of Scripture.
The flames of our faith are something we must protect. Your faith should not be dependent on what you see. It is better to believe without seeing, that is why it is called FAITH.
The direction that some take, is for many to question everything about their faith. They assume that because they don’t like the world they see that the church has failed and the church belief system is wrong.
The convince themselves that the Bible is wrong or at best the Bible is allegorical. Meaning that Bible is simply symbolic, figurative and metaphorical. It is at best a representation of moral truths. Surly not to be taken as literal truth and that many of the stories we read in the Bible are to be taken in as allegorical. Any truth in Scripture has to be “proven” by the scientific method. They hold that belief isn’t dependent on faith. It is based upon if it can be proven by science. I have had interesting conversations in discussing these issues, it has caused me to deepen my faith.
I still am bound by the fact that I don’t have to know everything about “how” something happened in the Bible. I am called to have “faith” to simply believe what God has said. I cannot pick and choose what I believe in Scripture. It is either all true or it is not. I am of the personal belief that if you choose to “not” believe something happened the way it says it did in the Bible, it becomes a slippery slope to unbelief in the whole truth of Scripture.
I have close friends that can be found in all of these directions. I am not here to take unfair shots at them. I have had constructive conversations with them. They know my beliefs and I will listen to hear their perspective and I will not argue with them. I don’t have to agree with them and in turn, they don’t have to agree with me.
In case you are wondering, I clearly post my Statement of Faith on this website. These are my truly held beliefs.
We all need to find the journey to truth.
Some journeys take a long time. Some never make it back.