OneNewsNow released a sobering story last week. Steve Jordahl posed a probing question on OneNewsNow.com – “What are believers believing exactly?”
Few who wear the label of “Christian” would argue that the Bible is the cornerstone of our faith. But there’s scant doubt that the scriptures simply do not play the profound role in Christian lives that it played in years past. There was a day when even the tiniest of scriptural morsels were consumed with great reverence and held up as the utmost truth by which to live life. Today, Christians and non-Christians both like to cherry-pick pieces of the scripture and toss them into everyday life – many times, out of context – and primarily to rationalize or put a stamp of approval on something in their life that they just don’t feel right about.
Professing Christians have picked pieces of other religions and blended them with biblical doctrines to form their own version of Christianity. It’s a sort of “new age Christianity,” if you will.
Jordahl states that only 17 percent of practicing Christians have a biblical worldview. He goes on to quote Jeff Meyers of Summit Ministries:
“The chickens have come home to roost, so to speak. It’s not just that they don’t have a biblical worldview, it’s that they’ve picked up other world views from the culture around them.”
This new age Christianity has roots in an unexpected place: political correctness.
Yeah, I went there. Christianity can be offensive because of a single foundational truth. Our faith dares to state that there is no other way to eternal life other than through Jesus Christ. (John 14:6) This is an unpopular doctrine given the prevalence of the belief that humans can simply be good enough to attain eternal life on their own. It’s unpopular and we might hurt someone’s feelings. So we water it down, blend it up, and hope that we don’t offend anyone.
Meyers went on to say, “We’re motivated to try to want to make them feel OK about what they believe…and a lot of times we end up then just assuming that certain beliefs are probably OK; they’re not really that bad, and so they must be alright. And then Christians end up being very confused about what they themselves believe.”
I watched an interview with Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller fame) a few years ago that has never left me. In it, Jillette tells of a Christian that came to visit him after one of his shows. He says that the Christian was very kind to him and handed him a tract on finding faith in Jesus Christ. Jillette, a professing atheist, says that his beliefs were not changed by meeting this Christian – he still chooses to be an atheist. However, he spoke very well of the Christian because the Christian did not condemn him, first of all, but second, that the Christian took the time to hand him a tract and share their faith. Then Jillette said something that I won’t forget: “How much do you have to hate me to not share your faith with me?”
Another good question. How much do we have to hate, dislike, not care, about a person to not share our faith? If we REALLY believe the message of Christianity to be true, why would we not share that with those we care about? We trip over ourselves to not offend anyone and, in so doing, we prove that our faith isn’t important enough to us to share with them. Or else, they’re not important enough to be shared with. We won’t get in their way. We won’t present new options to them. We are fine with letting them pass from this life without telling them what we believe is the Good News of Christianity.
Authenticity is the answer. The world hates a “holy roller” and can’t stand hypocrisy. I’m with them. I’m over that garbage too. However, the world looks for and responds to a person who simply lives life well. Respect is given to the person who is kind when others aren’t. Honor is poured out on the person who quietly lives out an authentic faith in front of others. Credence is bestowed upon the person who will share – not beat over the head – but share what they believe to be true.
The article quotes Christian apologist and educator, Dr. Alex McFarland:
“All of this just points to our need, our urgent need to return to the knowledge of God’s Word and the conviction that the Bible indeed is the authority for truth and life.”
Jordahl’s leading quote is thought provoking, if nothing else.
“Research shows only 17 percent of practicing Christians have a biblical worldview. So if that’s the case, then what do they believe?”
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