There are at least three times as many Christians in the world as there are Muslims. In the United States alone, some 80% of the population claims they are Christian. With such a large majority of people claiming to be Christian, how is it that non-Christian beliefs and practices are rising to supremacy? And how is it that Islam is making such a prominent influence on our culture?
The answer is clear. It’s because a large majority of Christians simply don’t practice the Christian faith. This is called, “Nominal” Christianity. When Christians are not vocal and active about what they stand for, it gives the enemy room to infiltrate and eventually dominate.
The definition of “nominal” is: “being such in name only.” Wikipedia has an article called, “Nominal Christian,” from which I quote:
“The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE) defines a nominal Christian as “a person who has not responded in repentance and faith to Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and Lord.” The LCWE notes that such a one “may be a practising or non-practising church member. He may give intellectual assent to basic Christian doctrines and claim to be a Christian. He may be faithful in attending liturgical rites and worship services, and be an active member involved in church affairs.” The LCWE also suggests that nominal Christianity “is to be found wherever the church is more than one generation old”
Nominal Christians are those who are Christian “in name only.” It’s easy to become a Christian — all you have to do is respond to God’s invitation by confessing the risen Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9), but that is just the start of the Christian walk, not the end objective. Confessing Jesus is Lord is the beginning of a person’s walk with God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ. But how much spiritual “walking” is going on?
My question is not, “Are you saved, brother?” which surely is of utmost importance, but, “Are you representing your Lord Jesus Christ in this world?”
My purpose in this post is not to condemn but to stir. It’s not to lay blame but to encourage Christians to stand for what they believe in. How vocal are you with what the Bible tells you is good and acceptable to the Lord? How willing are you to suffer reproach, to be different, to stand out in this world?
I compare radical Islam to nominal Christianity to show the extreme contrast. With just perhaps a few percent of the Muslim population firmly committed to their founder’s message, look at how much influence they are having in this world! Whether you believe the radical portion of Islam is following the Koran’s teachings or not, they think they are and look at the effect they are having.
I’m not in any way suggesting Christians get militant — please don’t. Our struggle is not against flesh and bone but against spiritual forces in the spiritual realm. Our weapons are not physical, they are spiritual. Prayer, faith, our God-given righteousness and salvation and the Word of God are our powerful weapons. With your mouth you speak what is in your heart and God takes no pleasure in those who let cowardice overcome their love for God and fellow man.
II Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
The word “fear” in this verse is better translated, “timidity.” Spiritual power, love and a sound mind overcomes timidity or cowardice. We need not fear man or what man will do unto us because we are the Lord’s.
We have major societal issues that confront us. Rather than sitting back and watching what happens, we need to help steer what happens. Watching does nothing but allow evil to prevail. Getting vocal puts you on the spot, but no more than it did Jesus. They crucified him, and he flatly asked why should we expect anything different.
II Timothy 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
Staying safe in your own comfort zone is not the way to change culture. A philosophy of Christianity being “personal” rejects the Word of God which calls us to an active walk of faith as we represent Jesus Christ in this world as we live our daily lives. I ask you to get out of your comfort zone and start living for your living Lord Jesus Christ. If you are already, praise God, He has raised up another one who is responding lovingly to His call.
Rather than watch things happen, help make things happen. Stand against the atrocities you see happening in our country and world. Stand for the truth and be willing to give your all — even unto death — for your Lord Jesus Christ. When he returns, he “has his reward with him” to give to those who serve him wholeheartedly and who do not hide their light under a bushel.
Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
When is the last time you declared YOU are the light of the world? Does it sound sacriligeious to you? Prideful, boastful, arrogant? How dare you think those things. What you should be thinking is what our Lord said — “You ARE the light of the world…”
YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD — SHINE BRIGHTLY!
That’s my admonition to you. If we had 10% of those who claim they are Christian really stand on God’s Word and get vocal in their own spheres of influence, we’d see a massive change for God in our culture. Imagine what 20% could do?
Get shining, lights of this world! Get the bushel off and let people see your light. They crave it, they just don’t know it yet. And don’t worry about those who hate it. When you shine brightly, your Lord loves it and that is all that matters.