The greatest argument against Christianity is not the problem of pain or the lack of miracles in our world but rather the inconsistency of Christians. Too often our actions contradict our message. We proclaim grand truth but live mediocre lives.
Although we as Christians often grow accustomed to this discrepancy, unbelievers do not. They recognize the inconsistency in our lives and often use it to discredit our God.
Two years ago I stumbled across a tract by an atheist that profoundly challenged me. Although he is an atheist, this man has a clearer understanding of what the consistent Christian life would look like than many Christians. The tract reads as follows:
“Did I firmly believe, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of religion in this life influences destiny in another, religion would mean to me everything. I would cast away earthly enjoyments as dross, earthly cares as follies, and earthly thoughts and feelings as vanity. Religion would be my first waking thought, and my last image before sleep sank me into unconsciousness. I should labour in its cause alone. I would take thought for the morrow of Eternity alone. I would esteem one soul gained for heaven worth a life of suffering. Earthly consequences should never stay my hand, nor seal my lips. Earth, its joys and its griefs, would occupy no moment of my thoughts. I would strive to look upon Eternity alone, and on the Immortal Souls around me, soon to be everlastingly happy or everlastingly miserable. I would go forth to the world and preach to it in season and out of season, and my text would be, what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”
This is the consistent Christian life. We claim to believe that earthly life holds little significance in view of eternity but do we truly live it? We claim to love those who don’t know Christ but how much can we really love them if we believe they are lost without Christ and yet are unwilling to preach the gospel to them?
As believers, we are called to give up everything for Jesus. We are called to be sold-out for Him. But are we? Our lack of evangelism condemns us. Our dusty Bibles condemn us. Our empty prayer meetings condemn us.
Where are the bold Christians who are willing to lose everything for Christ? Where are the Moseses of our day—the humble leaders? Where are the Esters of our day—the bold intercessors? Where are the Pauls of our day—the suffering servants?
Our world needs bold Christians who are willing to spend and be spent for Christ. May we become those Christians.
“Rise up, O men of God! Have done with lesser things; Give heart and soul and mind and strength to serve the King of kings. Lift high the cross of Christ; Tread where His feet have trod; As brothers of the Son of Man, Rise up, O men of God!”
William Pierson Merrill “Rise up, O men of God.”