Culture, Faith, Life

Why We Shouldn’t Take Our Faith So Seriously

There are many things to be angry about in this world. Violence, injustice, powerful people making decisions we don’t agree with. There is a lot happening all around us and it is difficult to make sense of it all.

As Christians, many of us know that, as a whole, we are disliked. We are labeled as judgmental, old-fashioned, homophobic, and the list goes on. And while they are often used to describe all Christians, unfortunately, there may be some truth to the labels. They are based on people’s experiences with one, or a group of us, who dropped the ball on living like Jesus. After all, we’re all human.

Living like Jesus is such a loaded phrase, isn’t it? I spend much of my time wondering what exactly that means, but thankfully we have a guide. The Bible gives us so many examples of how Jesus lived; the things that He did in his life on earth. I think of Jesus, eating dinner at the house of a tax collector, and spending time with the prostitutes. People that the world, and even those who claimed to worship God, rejected. Jesus was love, pure, and simple.

Sometimes guys, I think we take our faith too seriously. A popular coffee joint omits decoration on their seasonal coffee cups and it somehow becomes an attack on Christianity. We disagree with someone’s sexual orientation or their choice to have an abortion and so we make a lot of noise to show that we do not condone those lifestyles. And not that there is anything wrong with opinions or beliefs on mainstream issues, but it’s not our job to protest the loudest.

Sometimes I think we may not really believe that God is in control. He knows what He is doing and that He has the whole world in his hands. We see the world falling apart before our eyes and we set out to straighten it out by any means necessary. Jesus says, “be my hands and feet,” and we run off to judge, shame, and condemn. We see the pain, the brokenness, and we lose sight of Jesus. We freak out and scramble to change the world for him. Out of our fear and desperation, we try to control and we forget to simply love.

God doesn’t need our help. He asks for it, and He uses us to reach the world. But he doesn’t need us to run around putting out fires. It is not our job to change the world, to change someone’s lifestyle, to change someone’s heart, or the heart of our country. It is our job to follow Jesus, to look to Him before making a move, to receive His grace and freely extend that to others. We need to calm down a little bit, because God’s got this, He is in complete control.

You guys, we serve the creator of the universe. Nothing can stop Him! As serious as our faith is, we don’t need to take it so seriously. Stand firm in your beliefs, challenge each other, encourage love and acceptance, and hate what is evil. Do all of those things in the name of Jesus, but do not fall into the trap of acting out of fear.

We are the hands and feet of Jesus, but we are not Him (thank God), so relax a little bit. Take it all with a grain of salt. Rest in the truth that God is in control of the big stuff, and that we are only asked to step out in faith, one moment at a time and shine His light into the world. Following Jesus is serious, but we don’t need to take everything so seriously.

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  • Alexa Keough

    This is such an amazing article! I think a lot of people do take the faith way to seriously and end up hurting others in the process. Thanks for reminding everyone that living like Jesus is much simpler!

  • Amazing! You are so right and I love when you said that it isn’t our job to protest the loudest and how “Out of our fear and desperation, we try to control and we forget to simply love.” Jesus desires for us to love Him and love others and through THAT, people will see Jesus which will hopefully lead to a heart change and salvation! Love this, girl!!

  • Thank you Alexa! I agree with you that sometimes we take our faith too seriously and it ends up sending a message we didn’t intend to send others. Jesus was love first and foremost, and we need to look to him as an example!

  • Thank you Katie! As long as we are chasing after Jesus in everything we do, his love will most definitely shine through us. When I remember this, such a peace washes over my soul. Jesus will lead us to where he needs us, all we have to do is follow humbly. What a gracious, understanding, and gentle and awesome God we serve!

  • You are suggesting we not take our faith so seriously, Elizabeth. I gather you must also be recommending, when we “drop the ball on living like Jesus” we should not take that so seriously either. After all, we are mere humans, and Jesus told us to follow Him, not His followers, correct?

  • Ginny thank you for reading! I definitely think that we need to take it seriously when we “drop the ball on living like Jesus”, but I do believe there is great grace for that as well. We are all human, struggling through this life, learning as we go. We all drop the ball, and sometimes it’s a huge mess. But our God is greater than anything we could do!