I’ve been hearing a lot of talk recently regarding this idea that as Christians, we need to reclaim Christianity.
It’s an interesting concept, I have to admit, and begs two questions. First, does Christianity need to be reclaimed? And second, is it our job to reclaim it?
I don’t want to have a political debate on this, or tear apart the Bible looking for verses that make my argument better than someone else’s. I am not a theologian, or a biblical scholar, or an anthropologist, nor am I trying to be any of those things. I am just a woman of faith, wondering some age-old questions out loud. So really, I just want to sit here and write to you straight from my heart, because, you guys, that’s the most important thing I can share with you.
The older I get, the more I realize that Christians are not perfect. We are all human beings, traveling through life, making mistakes, putting our pants on one leg at a time. When I was a little girl I thought that to be a Christian I had to be perfect, all my ducks in a row, everything just right. And some days I still try so hard to have everything together, but I am learning that is not the point.
As I ponder this, I can’t help but think of things being done around the world in the name of Jesus. Things that make me sick to my stomach to think about. I am not going to share them here, because it’s not the point of this article, but I am sure you can all fill in the blank with something you’ve seen someone do in the name of Jesus that has made you shudder to the core of who you are.
I think sometimes, I panic a little bit. I see terrible things going on around me, and I see how Christians are portrayed in the media, and I panic. It feels sometimes like everything is out of control, like there is no plan, like maybe God accidentally let go of the reigns somehow and maybe He needs me to pick up the slack for Him and go out there and straighten it out. Have you ever felt like that?
But then I am reminded of my own sinfulness. I am reminded that none of us are really “doing it right”. I am reminded, that the light of the world has overcome the darkness, and I am reminded that I am not in control.
Do we need to reclaim Christianity? I think we have to opportunity to do so every day, with every choice that we make. All we need to do is focus on what God has right in front of us. The people He is asking us to invest in, and the path He is asking us to walk in this moment. If we are all doing that, the rest will fall into place.
God is in control. He always has been and always will be. It’s not our job to clean up the mess of this world. It is our job to be the hands and feet of Jesus. He is the one in control, and though we may panic, He is as cool as a cucumber.
So in the moments that I feel I need to put on my cape and save the world, I go back to the Bible and I read about Jesus. I look at how He lived, the way He treated others, the way He approached problems. And I realize, that Jesus focused only on the task at hand. He wasn’t trying to save the world all at once. He was just focusing on one small thing at a time.
We do not need to go on a rescue mission for Christianity. Christianity is okay. Spoiler alert guys, God wins. He always wins. How incredible that we can rest in that truth today and everyday!
God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the sea, though the waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3 NIV