Is Christianity Just Something For Your Free Time?

The title of this post is literally the question God brought to mind today when I was stuck in traffic. I was headed to one of our church's monthly outreach activities, which I actually ended up missing. Nonetheless, the thought started marinating.

Right before our eyes, the world is changing. What was once seen as vial and wrong, is the very thing that is accepted and promoted. We are in a fight, Christians. We've always been, but now more than ever, is the time to gird yourselves with the armor of God (see Ephesians 6). Do I mean start attacking  all non-Christians? Of course not. Irrefutably, we know that Christians are commanded to love.

Christianity is such an active experience. It's not self-centered nor is it casual, but I think that's what it has become for so many Christians. Christianity is a hobby for so many people, unfortunately, and I'm just as guilty.

A hobby is something you do on the side. It's done in one's spare time and comes secondary to the person's life. This is why the world is changing... Too many Christians are adopting a hobby view of their relationship with Christ. We believe the Bible in word, but not in deed. If we truly believed every word and page, it would be seen in our actions and I 100% believe the world would be in a different place.

As Christians we are called to be sanctified and set apart. People should see Christians and see a difference than non-Christians. Our lives should point others to Christ.... to holiness. But we've become so slack in our walks. Our Christian principles have become so watered down. We've embraced so much of the world that Christianity in America is letting down the very souls of Americans. Blood is on our hands because our "hobby approach" to our faith is sending the lost straight to Hell.

We can't afford to keep living this. The world and souls are at stake. If God redeemed us from all of our sins and has completely changed our lives, why are we okay with being part-time Christians?

Matthew 5: 13-16 sums it up perfectly.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Let's be more active, folks. We CAN'T afford for Christianity to be our hobby.
Re-examining My Focus,

Oh God, I'm so embarrassed! I was so convicted when I originally wrote this, and just like that, I forgot and went back to my lackadaisical ways. You are SOO much more worthy of what I give You. Engulf my time, my talents, my treasures, my very being. Let my light so shine! Change me, God. Help others to see You through me. Help me not to get in the way. Keep me humble, not seeking man's glory or exaltation. Be glorified in my life, O God. Change me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.