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I’m often concerned that people expect a sort of Christianity-LITE when they come to churches like ours… After all we are lite on tradition, lite on dress code, and we don’t pressure anyone into doing stuff. So it’s common for churches like ours to attract people looking for low easy commitment Christianity. And we are lite on those things – and I will never pressure you or put you on the spot about anything… But at the same time we are absolutely hard core when it comes to following Jesus and understanding his word correctly.
Sometimes people think the problem with traditional religion is that it takes God too seriously – they just need to lighten up. I think the other way – the problem is that they never took God and Jesus seriously enough! Religious-types are usually not die-hard about things like forgiveness… or loving enemies, and loving neighbors. They gloss over mercy, and give lip service to their own sin while condemning sin in others. That’s not taking God too seriously – that’s going LITE on Bible, and heavy on self (works based) righteousness… The exact opposite of what Jesus taught.
So instead of looking for a version of Christianity that goes “lite” on things that are obviously wrong – how about getting serious about the real Jesus instead?
- So on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how serious are you about being a Jesus follower? Regardless of how successful your efforts are – on that scale, how would you rate your effort?
- Secondly, on a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate how kind, and open, and easy going, and forgiving, and compassionate you are toward other people? Instead of comparing yourself with other people, for this one compare yourself with past performance, how kind are you NOW compared to you in the past?
- And third, on a scale of 1 to 10, how fearless are you? 1 means you worry about everything and are sometimes paralyzed with fear and insecurity. 10 means you never let fear of earthly things shape how you live…
I really expect the typical CityFellowship member to be “10” on all three of these because we follow a God who demands nothing less. And why would you want anything less?