We need to stop sugar coating Christianity and pretending like it is all lollipops and flowers. Truth is, Christianity is hard and takes work. It is so much easier to be bad and do evil than it is to to do good.
Have you ever noticed it seems like most Preachers have that one child that goes astray? Or that one Christian family in the church that has that one child that just rebels at all cost no matter the price.
What about new church visitors that decided today is the day. Today is the day they are going to give their life to God. They get saved and then Baptized yet you never see them again. Why do you think that is?
Personally I believe it is because Christianity is sugar coated. As Christians we put on a front that all is good in our world. We love everyone and well everything happens for a reason.
Hate to break it to you but we don’t love everyone and I do not believe for minute everything happens for a reason. Sometimes we bring things upon our self and blame the devil, but that is another topic.
I was born and raised in church. I fell away from God in my teens and fought so hard to get back to Him time and time again after that. It wasn’t until I almost died giving birth to my son that I found God. Even then it was a few years later.
7 Reasons To Stop Sugar Coating Christianity
- Christianity isn’t for the wimpy
- The devil will be on your back like flies on a horse
- You will go through many storms some of which will seem like the end
- Renewing your mind isn’t easy and has to be done on purpose
- It isn’t always easy to love and forgive others
- You have to learn to trust God
- You have to take action and actually work for your God-Given Dream
Christianity is not for the wimpy hearted. I remember one Sunday particular, a young man, stood up in our church. He had a piece of paper in his hand and began to read from it.
As he read I realized this young man was confessing to stealing from members of our church. Apparently he had come in one Sunday morning and stole a laptop, keys, and a members car.
My heart ached as he read from that piece of paper. I wanted so badly to go hug him and not let go. It wasn’t because I felt sorry for him. What he had done was evil. And then to stand up in front of 200 people and confess and apologize took a lot of guts.
Too bad he didn’t have those same guts when he left church that Sunday and went back out into the world. I never seen him again after that. Maybe he got his life right with God maybe he didn’t. I may never know.
Either way my heart ached because I knew in my heart the devil was going to be on him like flies on a horse!
The devil focuses on those who focus on the Lord. He has no reason to waste time on anyone else. He already has them where he wants them.
Storms That Never Seem To End
We often hear other Christians say “you are just going through a storm.” I don’t know about you but I have been through a lot of storms that I thought was the end.
What we fail to realize is that a lot of the storms we as Christians go through are simply storms we brought on our self. We are always so quick to blame the devil and sometimes God himself.
Why God, why did you allow this to happen?
That used to be me during my storms. I would sit on the floor crying asking God why. All the time not realizing all I had to do was renew my mind.
Now renewing your mind is not easy and you have to do it on purpose. This was something I struggled with for a long time. I thought that when you become a Christian and accept Jesus into your heart all your troubles go away, ha!
You have daily thoughts that you have to fight and take control of. Just look at the bitter old ladies in the church. They clearly lost the battle of the mind.
A Christians Outward Appearance
It is our duty as Christians to be like Jesus. To love and serve others. That is easier said than done.
Loving others is not always easy even if you are a Christian. Sometimes we have to love on purpose.
For example, you are in the drive through at Starbucks and the woman behind you slams on her horn because you didn’t pull up fast enough. Do you really love that horn slamming woman behind you? I wouldn’t! If anything I would probably want to walk back there and punch her right in the horn.
Just being honest.
Of course the Christian thing to do is forgive her for honking so violently at you and pay for her order. Some may say that is killing them with kindness. But if it is from the heart which sometimes we have to do on purpose then God sees that and rewards us later.
It isn’t always easy choosing to be good and do the right thing but that is a part of being a Christian. One of the many reasons we need to stop sugar coating Christianity.
Trusting God and Taking Action
You have to learn to Trust God just as you would anyone else. Too many times I have seen Christians, myself included, give up on God because He didn’t give us something we wanted. Or He didn’t work fast enough.
Trusting God is hard and sometimes He doesn’t answer our prayers. Sometimes we look back and we are like “oh” and other times we simply never know.
I feel like we are sugar coating Christianity by claiming God will take care of us. Umm, are we forgetting to tell the rest? You know the part where you actually have to work for your God-Given Dream and take action.
God wants to see us succeed. He wouldn’t put dreams in our hearts if He didn’t. However, we can’t sit back and expect Him to do all the work.
Noah didn’t sit back watch God build the ark. Moses didn’t wait in Egypt for the Promise Land to come to him and his people. And David definitely did not sit around and wait for someone bigger to face Goliath.
What did they all have in common? They were:
- strong hearted
- they fought the devil off
- they crawled through the storm when they couldn’t walk
- they stayed focused on God
- they loved and forgave
- they trusted God even when they didn’t know how
- they all took action
If there is someone in your church that has just given their life to the Lord, please don’t sugar coat Christianity for them. Be honest, I sure wish someone would have been honest with me.
It is like taking a test. You study for the test and when the day comes you feel prepared. You are less stressed and more likely to pass it.
The same goes for Christianity.
When we prepare others they are less likely to be blindsided by the Devil and his evil minions. Therefore, stop sugar coating Christianity and be honest.