I mean it. I think we (Christians) need to be less spiritual. Ok, not actually less spiritual, but less “spiritual.”
Rachel and I were talking last night about Romans. She is beginning a study at Austin Avenue this morning on Romans, and I just finished teaching on Romans at PSYM. Rachel’s question for me, which brought all this up was about the difference between “transformation” and “conversion.”
Conversion, I suggested, has too much spiritual baggage for me, generally. So much of American Christianity is various versions of “I’ve got a ticket to heaven, and, since there’s really nothing that can be done about me or the way I behave here and now, I suppose I’ll just kick back and wait till I die.”
“Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.”
I’m sorry, but what a load.
Jesus really doesn’t talk much about tickets to heaven. He doesn’t mention at all (in any translation I’ve read) that we ought to just hang out waiting on death, expecting no possibility of change, growth, transformation before then.
Jesus taught as though he expected those who follow him to actually begin to live lives that were different. They were to actually forgive, to love enemies and neighbors, to worship God in spirit and truth.
So please, this week, when you feel like passing off living like Jesus until the afterlife, please think again, and set all that “spiritual” stuff aside. It isn’t about reading a warm-fuzzy first thing in the morning about how much God loves you. It is about living like God has, and will today, make an actual difference in your life.
Your ACTUAL life, not just your “spiritual” life.