Are you a Christian? Do you call yourself one? Or is it all something just to identify with cause you don’t want to label yourself an atheist? Well, I tell you what, Christianity is not just a title. It’s not just a religion. It’s even more than the relationship that many will call it. It’s a responsibility! You are called to do more than mark the box on a census form. You are called to: believe, pray, love, teach, have faith, edify, and on, and on. But the particular call that many forget and therefore tend to live a ho-hum, fence-walking, lukewarm lifestyle…your called to die!
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” ~ Romans 6:1-4
You want to hang on to your old ways (drinking, partying, sexual sin, drugs, etc.). Then you’re not willing to die for Christ. You’re not willing to associate with the One who died for you. If you’d rather continue in the ways of old, I encourage you to stop calling yourself a Christian as well. I am so tired of so-called “Christians” living the exact same way as those who are not. There are so many times when I have to correct people on Facebook or Twitter because of the things they are posting. In actuality, they are boasting in their sin. Posing in front a stack of beer cans, or trying to smile for the camera when their so drunk they can’t even open their eyes, dressing like hookers, posting lyrics to a song that in no way glorifies Christ, therefore identifying with the corruptness of the song. What saddens me most is that these are students that I used to have in class. Students that once proclaimed their faith. Young men and women that used to speak up for their faith in Christ. Maybe it was all a front because they were ashamed of how they were truly living.
I’m simply saddened by the fact that people are afraid to speak up and say what they really believe. One of my favorite poems talks about being an “Almost-Christian”. You can watch for yourself, but the fact remains that these “Christians” are so afraid of the conviction in Romans, that they run to be comforted by the sweet sounds of Psalms. Which begs the question, “Are they truly saved or almost saved. (Ezekial Azonwu does an amazing job of explaining what it means to be ‘Almost Saved’, and it’s repercussions.) There is a reason it’s called conviction! It’s the Holy Spirit trying to speak to you. Open up your mind, your heart, the entirety of your soul, shut up, and listen. Are you feeling guilty by something you’ve done, knowing it goes against God’s Word? Conviction. Do you regret last night in that you slept with some dude who couldn’t care less about you? Conviction. Do you ever stop for a moment in the midst of what you know is sin and think that you should immediately stop what you’re doing because you’re a Christian and this would not honor your Savior who died for you? Conviction.
“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves ofrighteousness for holiness.” ~ Romans 6:15-19
Where are all the Christians that are NOT afraid?! Those that are not afraid of being made fun of. Those that don’t care what other people say or think because they know the only One that matters is Jesus Christ! Those who chose to die to their old ways and are now truly living for God. I’d like to encourage you. I’d like to hear from you. How do you brush aside the temptation of this world and live sold out? Let’s explain to this generation of almost-Christians how to truly deny oneself, pick up our cross daily, and follow Christ.