The Christian Coma

Christians – at least American Christians – seem to mark two milestones in their spiritual lives: Birth & Death. We talk about being “born again”, then we look forward to “eternal life”. (Have I ever mentioned how much I love Christian jargon…)

We say things like “Oh, I remember back before I met Jesus. I was a terrible person.” And, “Just wait til glory, when we’re wearing our robes, have no more sickness, and we’re singing to Jesus forever!”

Who would want that? Seriously, who would hear us talking like this and think it sounds exciting? (Certainly not Jesus) What about this will get the world’s attention? Christianity is a retirement home, it seems.

I’m going to make a new version of the board game “Life” for Christians.  Square one is salvation.  We get to begin playing the game.  We move to the first square, we get our playing piece, and then….    we sit there.  Interminably.  Doing nothing.  Just drawing a card on each turn, and waiting for the one that says, “You’re dead.  Go directly to heaven.”  What a boring game!  Wake up!  Engage!

Don’t get me wrong.  I think heaven is great and all.  I even look forward to it in a way – although I think heaven is entirely different than how most of Christianity portrays it (big shock there, I know), but that is a different topic.

But in our spiritual journey, we go from birth, directly looking forward to death.  How twisted is this?  What if you had a family member that lived their physical life like this?  There is a diagnosis in some children called “failure to thrive”.  It means a baby is not eating, growing, playing, or engaging life like a normal baby.  It is something doctors take very seriously.  I would argue that somewhere between 90-98% of the church has the same condition.

Think of the church (universal – as in ‘body of Christ’) as a family.  Would we be content to have a family like our spiritual family?  We are born, then enter a deep coma until we die.  Whee!!  Nothing like the “abundant life”!  Where is the life?  Where is the growth?  Where is the reproduction?  What about family reunions and casual get-togethers? (read: church and other fellowship)

Christianity costs us something besides our soul.  At least it should!  What about our mind, body & spirit?  Do you ever think (mind) about your faith?  Do you ever physically pursue (body) what you say you believe?  Have you ever felt (spirit) anything?

For many that do bother to leave their beds on Sundays, Christianity is nothing more than consumerism.  “So church, what do you have for me today?”

How much of your time and money is spent on something that has significance beyond your own home?  If you aren’t involved in creating new Christians, or helping other Christians to grow – what exactly is your purpose?  Is it possible you don’t even have one?