Not the kind of revolution you’re thinking of, with guns and violence, but one with the Word and with love. A revolution is coming, and we shouldn’t be scared, we should join it. I’m talking about a revolution of Christianity, a revival, a rebellion against the status quo. What is the status quo? The status quo is what most call “cultural Christianity”. The fact that such a phrase even exists is mind-boggling.
Jesus says in Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” We’re losing our salt when we become simply cultural Christians. It’s easy to follow the path of least resistance, it’s human nature. That’s what Satan counts on. He wants us to lose our salt, to lose our distinguishment and become just another sinner. We’re called to minister to the sinners, not become like them ourselves! How are we supposed to show God’s light when we lay in darkness?
For example, we shouldn’t be going to church just for the sake of an aesthetically pleasing Instagram post, or because our friends are there, or because the worship leader is cute. We should be going to church for the express purpose of worshiping God and learning more about him. That’s really it. Hanging with our friends is great – as an extrovert myself I love being social.
But that’s not why we exist. That’s not why we go to church or why we’re “Christians”. The dictionary defines Christianity as “the religion based on the person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth”. Well if that’s so, why do so many churches and believers stray from his teachings or forget them entirely? Popular Christian music barely mentions Jesus or Christianity, instead choosing to be “positive and encouraging”.
Don’t get me wrong, positivity and encouragement are great. We are called to encourage one another, after all (1 Thessalonians 5:11). But those aren’t – or shouldn’t be – the primary focus of Christians, of any age. Our focus should be on Jesus Christ himself, the man and deity, who came down from heaven to save us all. We are new creations in him (2 Corinthians 5:17), and therefore we should be changed from our previous sinful life. Granted, change is a journey, it doesn’t happen overnight, but most cultural Christians aren’t even bothering with the journey, instead preferring their Adidas and their Starbucks and their Instagram.
The vast majority of Christians, and Christian teens to be specific, would rather store their treasures on earth, instead of heaven. Clothes, shoes, devices, anything that shows others “I’m better than you.” Of course, if you ask them, they’re the epitome of Christianity, but we all know actions speak louder than words. What’s sad is this is accepted in youth groups and churches across America, the prevalent disease of “two-faced” teens that are sinful not only during the week, but they bring it to church! They don’t repent or change their ways, but are backsliding into sin and pastors do nothing but attempt to fit in with those same sinful teens!
Didn’t Jesus call us to turn our eyes to heaven and ignore the things of the world? Heaven should be our goal, not appeasing our Instagram and Snapchat followers. What, you think your amount of Instagram followers are gonna get you a better spot in heaven? No! We will be judged according to our good deeds, and I can tell you right now posting a selfie every day isn’t God’s idea of a good deed. Not to stray too far off topic, but I’m not teaching work-based salvation here. Quite the opposite, because if we’re truly saved we would gladly do those faith-based works so that others can see Jesus through that. Being good or moral, doing good or moral things does not save a person. Only acceptance of Christ can.
Of course, I’m not perfect, far from it. I sin every day, I forget to read my Bible, I disobey my mother (love you Mom!) but this subject has languished on the fringes of discussion for a while now and must be brought to our attention before it’s too late. This generation is the next generation. We may be teenagers now but ten years from now we’ll be adults. We’ll be leading corporations, leading nations, leading families. This is our time to change the perception of teenagers. We’ve only got one shot at being teenagers, one shot at life. Let’s not waste it on meaningless things.
Stay salty my friends.