We Evangelicals can’t be happy unless we are doing something for God, because then and only then will God smile at us and be happy. I think a lot of it has to do with how much we despise people getting something for nothing, you know, living off the system. So in our Christian life we need to perform for the Master. And if a person isn’t living up to the American Christian standard they are backsliding, or carnal or even worse a “liberal” apostate.
So, what makes a person a Christian? And what keeps God happy with the Christian? Here is an brief list. See if you make the list!
In the “right” denomination
Reading the “right” bible (KJV baby!}
Only singing 500-year-old hymns or praise choruses from the 1970’s (these are acceptable since they are close to 40 years old)
Wearing the right clothes to church and/or “Modest is Hottest” tee shirts
Don’t drink or smoke or use weed.
Those were easy, now the next require a little more thinking…
Belong to the Republican party or even better be a Tea Partier.
Think Capitalism is from God and the God has a special place in His heart for America.
Wear Christian “witness” clothes and leave Christian tracts everywhere.
Read your Bible every day, having “devotions” early in the morning which is best but at least sometime during the day is acceptable.
Posting verses or pithy christian quotes on Facebook, twitter, tumblr and other social networking so everyone is exposed to the “Word”
Believe in a 6 day young earth creation, Noah’s flood, and the end times Tribulation as postulated by Tim Lahaye and others.
Fast on a regular basis.
Believe absolutely in the inerrancy of the Bible.
Attend church services and only volunteer at Christian organizations.
Only read Christian literature.
Well that is enough. How did you score? Are you a “good christian” or are there things that you need to work on, pray about, and confess.
What if I told you that none of those things make you a Christian, and none of those things keep you on God’s good side, or make Him bless you. What if I told you that none of those things make God happier with you!!! Shocking!!!!! It should be, because for years this is what we have been taught, that somehow God’s pleasure with us depends on us. That is a Lie and that lie has destroyed the faith of many people and their understanding of God. Grace and unconditional love has been replaced with our eternal to do list and we are in bondage to it rather than being free to live and to love God and others.
What makes you a Christian? The Cross of Christ and His sacrifice alone! What keep you on God’s good side and in fact causes God to bless you? Jesus Christ alone. God is not impressed with our duty to Him, but He is satisfied with what Jesus has done for us. If this is easy believe-ism then I embrace it, because without Christ I am pathetically without hope, and so are you.
You cannot add anything to the perfect Sacrifice. To do so is to tell God that it wasn’t enough and you have to do more. That my friends is legalism.