Many times in our culture today, people talk about their "religion" as is if it a part of their life seperated from everything else. However when one truly studies "Christianity" as shown forth in the Bible it is quite evident that it is not meant to be taken in such a manner. As the Bible
presents the teachings of Jesus Christ, the letters of Paul, and Peter, the Gospels and even the books of the Old Testament it becomes plainly evident that "Christianity" is meant to be more than just a religion, it is meant to be a way of life.
It is often heard from the pulpits across the land that Christianity is dying, we are losing our influence and our country is getting more wicked every day. The causes are as various as denominations. Some think that if Americans would just go to church more we wouldn't be in this mess. Otheres think that if we can just get some new laws passed and some old one
overturned we will be alright. Perhaps, some say if we can elect conservative politicians who will appoint conservative judges our country will get better. And even some postulate that if we just converted America back to "Christianity" then everything fix itself.
The problem is however much deeper than that. In fact to find the real root of the problem one does not need to look at Americans as a whole, but rather just look at the church. The statistics are astounding. Churches all over the country are compromising on doctrines they once held dear, the divorce rate among the "churched" is the same if not higher than the divorce rate among the "unchurched". Many who call themselves "Christians" are more wicked than those who refuse to believe in God. What then is the cause the problem? The problem is many "Christians" view Christianity as just a religion. Something you do on Sundays, Wednesdays, and perhaps one other evening in the week, but not all the time. They "serve" God by going
to church, maybe going soulwinning once a week and perhaps attending a Bible study. But the rest of the week is their time. They have given God his time, so they feel they get their own time that God has no say in.
The realization that Christianity is a way of life, rather than a religion is lacking in the church today. Even from the pulpit, we have capitulated to this belief. The preachers plead with their listeners to give God just 15 minutes a day in Bible reading and prayer, and go to church as if that is only what is required of us. The common man in church today has two sets of beliefs, moral systems, philosophies, and actions. They believe, act, and do one thing on Sunday, and then the rest of the week they believe, act, and do the complete opposite. They live for God on Sunday, and live for the world on Sunday. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matt 6:24) Unfortunately today Christians think that it is possible. In the book of James it says that "A double
minded man is unstable in all his ways" (James 1:8). The world and Christianity are so opposed that those who try to serve both end up serving neither very well. When you try to serve both, you begin to see your "service" for God as a chore and something dreadful. Eventually the time
will come when these "Christians" just stop "serving" God, because they just don't enjoy it.
What then should Christians do? They should allow their belief to color everything they do throughout the entire day. They should radiate Christ in the way they walk, talk, act, and what they do, and even what they don't do. They shouldn't look down upon others because they feel themselves better, but rather should think, "there but for the grace of God, go I" as John Newton once said. Not all Christians are going to be preachers, missionaries and Sunday School teachers, but we can all live our lives for our Lord. We must choose whom we will serve as we live our life. We cannot serve both, for neither will be pleased. Rather we must choose to
serve one and then put all our life into doing so.