Part-Time Christian

How far would you go to stand up for your Christian belief? Do you walk according to God’s word on Sundays only or are you a daily walker?

I used to be the former. Sunday was my “get holy” day while Monday through Saturday were anything but holy! - From filling my mind with explicit rap and seductive R&B to having sex before marriage. I would party on Saturday night and be the first to church on Sunday morning. Was I by myself on this one? Not hardly.

I loved to praise and worship God on Sunday because it was sooooooo easy. I was surrounded by people that were willing to praise and worship. But when Monday rolled around and I was surrounded by people that didn’t know Christ, I shed my Christian exterior for what I thought was more appealing to my peers.

I failed to realize that I was being a stumbling block for someone who didn’t believe in Christ. You do know what a stumbling block is, right? Well, I can explain. A stumbling block is when a person who claims to be a believer in Christ performs an action that is not in line with what God’s word says and as a consequence people who are watching believe the action is acceptable before God. A lot of people like to put the pastor on the hot seat for stumbling and most fail to put themselves under the magnifying glass and examine where they have fallen short. Don’t fall into this way of thinking. Besides, your peers are more likely to see you stumble before they see your pastor because these are the people you interact with daily.

So…Why did I live this double life? Why do we do it? Are you ashamed of the Gospel? Or afraid of its righteousness? I used to be the latter. I knew what was right, but I didn’t want to be confronted on my wrong. Not only that, I liked what I was doing. At the time, it felt so good, at least to my flesh, but deep down I knew that I was missing something.

Paul says in Romans 1:16-17:

16I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."

So I say to you, don’t be ashamed of the gospel. Share God’s word, just as Paul did, to believers as well as nonbelievers. I didn’t say beat people over the head with God’s word. Don’t be arrogant, but present God’s word in gentleness. Yes, there is a way to be bold without being judgmental. We’ll learn more about Christians being judgmental later in Romans. Keep a daily connection with God so that you will be more apt to live by His word daily. Don’t settle for just being a Sunday believer, God will not accept this form of worship. I serve an all or nothing God. If you’ve noticed that you may be a part time Christian, you’ve made the first step towards changing. Put in the work. Imagine how great God’s kingdom would be if we all were full time believers.


Anonymous | July 4, 2009 at 12:33 PM

oh, this is an awesome thing your doing byron! i love it! you make some very valid points. i will try to read this daily! -joanne

Christina | July 4, 2009 at 3:29 PM

I agree! So many young christians fall into the trap of wanting to do whats popular, versus doing what it is right by the Lord. We MUST be bold in living right!

courtney | July 4, 2009 at 5:15 PM

there is nothing that you posted in this blog that isn't the truth. there are too many luke-warm christians in this world, and we've all been this way on time or another in our life. the key is recognizing were you are wrong in life and correcting your behavior so that you can live the blessed and godly life that the father wants us to live.

Anonymous | July 7, 2009 at 12:18 AM

Bro U R So Rite ABout this MAn. THis IS oh so true!!! IMa Strive 2 read more!! Javien

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