Contending for a Good Quality Christian

The times we are living in is placing so much strain on Christianity and this is largely because of how the 21s Century Christian is configured.

We are building the Christian of today on self-help sermons that seek solely to improve the individual’s chances of reaching his goals and much of that does not prepare the Believer for this world.

In the last year, I have counselled more over-achievers with a list of accomplishments but failing dismally at living out their faith and feeling a disconnect from life itself. This made me realize that a culture of “sermonlogy” that helps people to reach their goals but do not format the soul for the deeper challenges of life is falling short and producing public successes but private failures.

In any generation, the quality of Christian is a direct reflection of the conversations happening in the Church.

We are producing a generation that can be dubbed successful within the context of their careers but are still running on empty because they are not discipled. Their personal accomplishments are used as a reference for success and inadvertently invalidates the conversation on discipleship and an accurate Christian in the earth.

We give them a platform to testify about who they are and what they have done when we have not vetted their journey with God.

When these individuals have a genuine encounter with God, instead of feeling welcomed they feel judged because their Christianity is performance-driven and anything that takes performance away is not God.

This behaviour can be attributed to nice-sounding clichés that are void of Scripture that minister to the flesh but do not transform the individual. In a Church culture of punch lines and scenarios, we are producing weak Believers.

The Apostle Paul captures this behaviour very well in the following verse:

Romans 8:6 ISV

To focus our minds on the human nature leads to death, but to focus our minds on the Spirit leads to life and peace.

The text draws our attention to mixed priorities and focus points. He is detailed in saying that the wrong focus produces death and the correct focus produces life. The word Life there is ZOE, and it means the God quality of life. The God quality of life leads to PEACE, which means Wholeness.

Wholeness denotes the idea of every area of the individual life being adequately filled.

Overcoming carnality is not just about “sinning less” but it speaks to the rearrangement of priorities and correct emphasis in life.

When we replace performance-driven Christianity with the reformation of the internal construct of the individual, we will see progress. If this shift does not happen, we will spend more hours counselling Christians feeling lost, disconnected, empty and out of sync with God and the Faith.

Another contributing factor is the overemphasizing on brokenness and pain. It frustrates me that brokenness and pain is being used to push a narrative that completely undermines the promises of healing, deliverance and restoration that we receive as Believers in Christ.

We have more seminars justifying hurt and completely robbing Believers of healing. We create a platform for brokenness and use pain as the common denominator for identity in the Church.

This approach breeds dissenters that use pain to legitimise their fight with God, the Bible, and the Church.

God does not deny our brokenness; God understands it and offers us healing and restoration.

Exodus 15:26c

…………I am the Lord your healer

Revelations 21:4a

And God will wipe away all their tears

When we encounter the broken and hurting we must preach healing, restoration and deliverance to them. It helps us to produce an accurate Believer in the earth.

The final contributing factor is our perspective on relationships.

We are encouraging Believers to divorce themselves from authentic Kingdom relationships with cheap clichés that promote separation instead of union.

Christians do not understand what honesty and love sound like anymore because we tell them that people who don’t get them, people who say the truth are against them and are haters.

Separation and union always have a context and cannot be taught as one shoe fits all. The premise on which strong Christians are built is relationships.

The Scripture promotes healthy relationships and paints the picture that accurate relationships and dwelling generate a type of anointing and blessing. King David dedicated an entire Psalm to emphasize the necessity of good quality relationships:

Psalm 133:1-3
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.

We must contend for a good quality Christian in the earth!