I was fortunate enough to be born and raised a Christian. I can say I was born a Christian because my whole family; parents, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins and grand parents we all Christians. So, it was pre-ordained.
I was baptized as a baby. I went to a Christian school from K-8th grade. I was confirmed in the Christian faith in the eighth grade. Went to church regularly (though not every week), until I left home. Then I went to church only when I came home on an occasional weekend.
Then I went in the Navy, and I deserted God for about 17 years. I still prayed, I still believed, I just didn’t go to church. But after I got married, I was talking with my wife, and I told her something was missing in my life. Our marriage was fine, it was something bigger than either of us. I wanted to go back to church.
I tell you all of this as ground work. I am telling you that when it comes to me and God, I’ve been there and I’ve done that.
Over the years, I’ve come to realize that I am what I will call a Christian of Convenience. By my definition, a Christian of Convenience is one who turns to God once a week (Sundays for me), repents (sincerely), asks for and receives forgiveness from God, and goes on my merry way. Then spends the rest of the week in sin.
It’s convenient for me on Sunday’s, because I get to go to church (which I love to do), to hear God’s Word, to receive forgiveness, and to commune with friends. And after church, my wife and our best friends go to breakfast.
That’s all well and good. The problem is that by Sunday afternoon, I fall right back into my sinful ways. That’s being a Christian of Convenience. But there is an even worse example.
When things are going good, I tend to take God for granted. However, should any little storm brew in my life, or situation arise where I could get hurt or embarrassed and suddenly I’m a serious Christian again.
But to quote our Pastor at church, here’s the good news. If we:
- Believe in God the Father, creator or heaven and earth
- Believe in Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection
- Believe in the Holy Spirit and his guiding presents
- And we are truly sorry for our sins
Then we will be forgiven for our sins. I truly believe this. So help me God. But believing and living your faith are two different things.