Believing in God, but living like He doesn’t exist. That is a Christian Atheist. All of us undoubtedly know a Christian Atheist and may of even been one at a time in our own life. I know I was a lukewarm Christian up until a year and a half ago. In Revelation 3:16 (which is a letter to the church in Laodicea, aka the church of today) Jesus says “So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Also, in Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus says “21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” Unfortunately, many people who thought they were good to go because they prayed a prayer once and went to church will believe they are good to go. Jesus wants us to follow Him. Be a follower not a fan.
Some of you may be asking “So what? They made their choice. How does this affect me?” Well, Christian Atheist are living like the rest of the world while calling themselves a Christian. This puts the entire faith in a negative light and makes it seem like it isn’t at all different from the rest of the world. This hurts non-believers because of their perception of Christians is based off of Christian Atheists. In fact, it makes you not even want to call yourself a Christian because it means you are now associated with others who are not living like Christ called us to yet call themselves Christians. To clarify, I am not condemning anyone nor am I saying that I am perfect. This is a call to arms for us to rectify the situation.
How can we help those we know and love from being Christian Atheists? After all, they know the truth just like we do. We could avoid them, shun them, tell others they are fake Christians, or we can love on them and help show them the error of their ways. We can be mad about Christian Atheists all we want but the only way to help them is through love.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.
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