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A look at what Christianity was ment to be!

Updated on November 20, 2013
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Studied at South African Bible College, UNISA and Abilene Christian University. Preaches and teaches in East London and Swaziland.

Christianity is not a spectator sport!

There seems to be a tendency both historically and in present practice for Christianity to turn into a performance with actors and spectators. The priest, preacher, pastor, etc. take on the role of entertainer and tries to draw in the crowds so that the “church” can grow. As the membership becomes bigger the income also increases. The practice is a kind of pitch up, pray and pay situation, to put it honestly if a bit crudely. There are also other attractions added to the performance to provide a pretty backdrop.(the building/altar/stained windows, music, etc.)

This was not what it was meant to be. Jesus called out and prepared disciples for a mission and then sent them out to fulfill that mission. The Apostle Paul describes it as using your gifts in helping the body to grow.(Rom 12:3-8) Only when each part of the body is functioning in the way that it was intended to function can the objective of Christ’s coming be achieved.The world is in a mess as every newscast and daily newspaper will tell you. Often you don't even have to look further than your own life and daily world to see that this is so. When greed, selfishness and other sin is in control then it becomes a bad place to live. In Galations Chapter 5 Paul describes it as the fruit of the flesh. In contrast a better way is produced when people follow the way of the spirit, which is love, self-control, peace and patience.

Into the world that we know comes the message of a better way of life. This is not what you do on Sunday but what you do every day of your life in every relationship that you share with others. Christ came not to take us out of the world but to help us to make the world a better place, for ourselves and for others

Luke records the purpose clearly in his Gospel (Luke 19:), “Jesus came to seek and to save the lost”.It is only when people can see that you and I do in fact produce the fruit of the spirit in our lives that we make an impact. Going to "church", even on a regular basis is not going to do this. It is only when Christianity rediscovers its mission and every member finds their place as a royal priest (1 Peter 2:9) that it will make the impact in a lost world that it was meant to make.

It all starts with you!. Don't be another spectator that enjoys the spectacle. Rather roll up your sleeves, read your Bible and then change your life on a day to day practical way. That is what Christianity was ment to be, a working, life changing, fruit producing life.


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      Erin Bradley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Great hub, short, sweet and to the point and I totally agree, particularly with the first line - "Christianity is not a spectator sport". I love that the 'sleeping bride' is awakening to this and we are beginning to see the move from spectator to participator from religion to relationship with both God and each other!

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I agree with this article you wrote. There are far too many churches that are worrying about the wrong things and missing the point that it's about the relationship we have with God. Nice work.

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      Johan Smulders 5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Thank you for your response and I have an open mind to read other peoples thinking and don't reject people even if I disagree. Your article was good and thought provoking and I like that!Thanks for you comments and I can only say amen!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      AMEN! I know the astrology thing probably through you off, but like I said before, I don't use it for predicting the future. God is responsible for the future, not me. I am not worthy.

      I feel that the better I know and understand someone, the more tolerant and understanding I can be. I see it as a gift from God to learn about others and maybe draw them to me so that I can show them how a real Christian acts...with love and acceptance. Possibly, convert those who are non-believers.

      I'm so upset with the reputation of what is called a "Christian" today because I am one, but don't fit into what the world sees as a Christian.

      My relationship with Jesus is personal and I do my best to follow Him. (we are all sinners so, of course I'm not perfect)

      Thanks for writing this hub! I hope I didn't bore you with my rambling.