The above comment came my way this past week and it made me stop and think. Christianity doesn’t seem all that complicated to me, but then I’ve been around the faith for a long time. What is it that gets in the way of people understanding the faith? Organized religion? Believers themselves? A distorted view of Christianity learned from TV and movies? Or does the questioner really mean “I don’t understand why anyone would be a Christian”?
I welcome any thoughts on these questions.
In the meantime let me toss out a thought or two to anyone reading who might agree with the title statement.
Christianity is complex enough to keep the minds of the world’s scholars busy trying to plumb its depths, yet at the same time it is simple enough to be understood by children. In fact, Jesus said a childlike faith is exactly the kind of faith God looks for, not in the sense of being immature but in the sense of being unsophisticated.
Christianity is a costly faith. Following in the footsteps of Jesus — living as He taught, not as you see the televangelists living — will take all you have to give and then some. He wants it all — life, possessions, imagination, skills, hobbies, career, relationships… It’s not difficult to find something worth dying for, but have you found anything yet worth living for?
It’s impossible to “get” Christianity unless Jesus is the focus. He said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” And yet at the same time he also said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Jesus turns the world’s crass values upside down. He said:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.”
Who wouldn’t want to follow Him?