State of the Faith Part 2: Where’s the Fruit?

Today, there are a greater number of people claiming to be followers of Jesus who are practicing Complacent Christianity. As I stated in part one, they are following tradition and are taking part in a “Christian Culture” phenomenon. The profession of faith is there. Many believe that to be a Christian, all one needs to do is answer “Yes” if anyone asks if they believe in Jesus Christ. But where are the signs? Where are the results of true faith?

Yes, Salvation is gained by having and professing faith (in fact, having and professing faith are the ONLY requirements to gain Salvation, like taking and opening a present are the requirements for receiving a gift). I am saying that Christians should be actively showing the effects of such a monumental gift being given to them. These effects are both apparent without effort (directly from the presence of God in the person), and through intentional acts that the Christian performs in the name of Jesus (the desire of which too comes from the presence of God in the person).

True Christianity with vigor and action has grown sparse and silent. Our faith is not acting with the force it did during the first two millennia after Salvation was provided. We claim the faith, but we are not enacting it. And what most of us are enacting is not of or for the Kingdom.

And it isn’t that our voice has been silenced. Many who claim to be Christians are being heard, but not with the effects the faith should be delivering. Why are we seen as backwards and hypocritical? Because that is the voice that is heard loudest from those claiming to be Christians.

The strongest of impressions are being made by either hatred or apathy. Ironically from the followers of the most loving and caring person to ever walk the earth.

Many Christians are quick to point out the flaws in others. They point out the lack of morality in a society that mocks their faith, but rarely do they search for the cause of the mockery. They waste no time in criticizing the lifestyles, political opinions, and sins of others. They point out the splinter in others eyes without pulling out the timber from their own. Indeed they are judging in hypocrisy. And that does little to reflect the light of our Christ. He alone was right in pointing out the sins of the world, but instead he defended it. Died in spite of it.

The problem is that many Christians are just as quick to claim the faith, but they stop there. There is no further study. At most, many will start attending Church regularly. They will sing a few songs, listen to an educated man talk about some passages, maybe share a meal with other members, and go home to watch the ball game. But after Sunday morning, there is no more focus on Christ. We are so caught up in the day-to-day minutia of living that we don’t think we have time to study more for ourselves, or even to meet with one or two other believers and discuss what we believe. There is no growth, and therefore, there is no “fruit.”

The resulting superficiality of their faith is all they are able to show the world. Unfortunately, it seems that this describes the majority of those who claim to be Christians. If they are indeed a part of the “Body,” then the body has become ill.

As Christians, we need to be quicker to see our own sins and faults, and be slower to point out the sins of others. We need to give greater effort to our own growth in the faith and understanding of the Philosophy of Christ. We have forgotten that as “Little Christs” we have a goal (as unachievable as it is) to act as ambassadors of God to our communities. We should be what we are called to be.

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