Christianity has been reduced to a religious system. A system where church becomes the center stage, Sunday a “Christian show” day, and everyone shoving their way to be in the spotlight. A supposedly warm, active, and living relationship with Jesus was exchanged with self-improvement program, performance and church imposed rules. We are more concerned of the “Hows” and “Whats” when dealing with problems and issues that arise, may it be personal, spiritual, or church related. And we walk around flaunting our holiness and achievements.
It is now more of Churchianity than Christianity. A modern day idolatry. So subtle that one barely notices it. It takes away the glory from Jesus. We make this whole thing our own though we haven’t even shed a single drop of blood for our redemption.
This reminded me of a story that Jesus told in Luke 15:11-32 where the younger son of a rich loving father left his home, brought his portion of goods and went away to a far country. He spent all he has, exhausted all his resources and ended up living like a servant, feeding swine and eating swine’s food. A son living like a servant and an heir acting like a beggar. A tragedy but a reality prevalent to most Christians right now. We are like the prodigal son who left our true identity, went away to our own “far country”, and did things our way thinking that in the end we will be ok.
It is my deepest desire that just like the prodigal son, we will come to realize who we really are and find our way home to be with our Father to enjoy His riches of grace in Jesus Christ. May we find Jesus Christ and not drift away to the pit of self-wretchedness ( Romans 7:24 ). My heart yearns to compel readers to set Jesus back to the center of everything and discover that the essence of Christianity does not hinge on us but on Christ.