Most assume we’re living in a Post-Christian society. But this presupposes we were Christian to begin with. But historically, when church attendance numbers were near all-time highs and “Christians” greatly influenced politics and culture, our spiritual climate was horrible.
Racism was rampant. Segregation existed. Women were oppressed. Child labor was commonplace. Corruption was everywhere. Violence was normal.
This type of environment was the apex of Christianity?!
Imagine if we’re actually living in a Pre-Christian society?
Imagine if we’ve yet to see the full potential of Christians passionately following Christ’s example of selfless love and grace.
5 Things You Should Know Before Becoming A Christian:
1) Christ is perfect but “Christianity” is not. Don’t mistake Christian Culture as God, they aren’t the same thing. Churches, pastors, theologians, and other believers will inevitably fail you, but Jesus never will.
2) It’s OK to change your beliefs. You’ll never have Christianity fully figured out. You won’t have an answer for everything. Theology is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress. Life, relationships, and experiences form, shape, and change the way you see, experience, and understand God. The disciples didn’t understand God much of the time, and you probably won’t either.
3) Christianity Isn’t Easy. It doesn’t magically fix things, make you more popular, wealthy, or healthier. In reality, it’s not a form of escapism but a lifelong process of dedication, service, sacrifice, and humbly loving others. It’s very, very, very hard, and not for the faint of heart.
4) Christianity Is Complex. Nobody believes the same thing. There are hundreds of denominations. Doctrines, practices, and traditions are as varied as the people that represent them. This diversity of faith should be appreciated and celebrated. The goal of Christianity isn’t conformity, but an honest and intimate relationship with God.
5) Christianity is ultimately about loving God and loving others. It should never be co-opted by a political movement, a religious institution, gaining power, obtaining control, spreading influence, enforcing laws, or becoming rich and famous. It’s about a relationship with God—never let anything supersede this."