Do you find that you attend Church only on Sundays and that the majority of your Bible reading is done at that Sunday service?
Does your quite time with the Lord last only minutes and is your relationship with Him likened to that of an acquaintance, rather than that of a close friend?
Do you find that there are limits on how far you serve God and that you rarely share your faith out of fear of rejection of your peers?
Do you find that you only want to be saved from the penalty of sin, rather than be cleansed of your sins?
If so, then you just might be…. “A Shallow Christian.”
Shallow Christianity results whenever we want the benefits, but not the costs of following Jesus. I once heard a story about a pastor of a mega-church who had 28,000 conversions and baptized 9,600 people. Some of us might just say AMEN to that! But the devastating part is that only 123 of these people decided to become members of the church; the other 37,477 were never heard from again. My friends, there is something wrong with this picture!
Dr. Michael Lindsey, a Rice University Sociologist of Religion, puts it this way, “…religion in America is, indeed, 3,000 miles wide and only three inches deep.” Sadly, I’m forced to agree with Dr. Lindsey. Many American churches have record-breaking attendances on Sunday mornings but few of their people have an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. These Sunday Christians drink, party, curse, and gamble in moderation, all while still calming the name of Jesus. They speak ‘Christianese‘, but they look and act like the rest of the world with a little “God-talk” thrown in for good measure. As a result there is a widespread pandemic of shallow, stagnant, lukewarm Christianity, as spoken of in the book of Revelation.
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.“ Revelation 3:14-16
In truth, such Christians are not only lukewarm, but their faith is nonexistent! They have allowed the poison of this world to be injected into their view of “Christianity,” which is a watered down version and nowhere near the real deal!
The greatest problem with shallow Christianity is the idea that once they accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, or say the sinners prayer, they can sit back on “auto pilot” and enjoy the ride! This is the source of a great deal of disillusionment that leads to discouragement in the Christian life. It is this kind of thinking that leads Christians into spiritual shallowness and eventually into faithless lives.
We cannot coast along in our Christian lives and attempt to live a life for God on autopilot! We need to break free from that kind of thinking!
If you find that you are a Shallow or Lukewarm Christian, may I suggest that your commitment to Christ isn’t really a true commitment? When you live like the world, with a little God thrown in, then you are walking on sandy ground and your foundation will soon falter. Shallowness does not lead you to God, but away from Him.
The Christian faith is a lot of things, but shallowness is not one of them. Rather, it is a true, deep, meaningful, and life-changing relationship with our Creator and Father God! It is living a sacrificial life not based on what we can get from Jesus, but based on our love for Him. Now is the time to get right with the Lord because tomorrow is neither promised, nor assured. Get right today!
Love you all!