Why Christianity was Never Meant to be Boring and How to Change It
I have no clue when it happened, but there must have been a point in history somewhere where Christianity became boring. I mean if you go out and ask some friends what they think of Christianity they would probably use words like: irrelevant, out of touch with the world, boring, or a religion that people follow because they are afraid to believe anything else. I wonder when that all changed because Jesus was not any of those, and neither were his original followers. The early church would literally end up in the Roman Coliseum against lions and bears. They risked everything. They met in covert meetings, because it was illegal for them to express their faith publicly. They had secret codes and markers to signify meeting places. Have you seen the “Jesus fish” that is on the back of minivans? That was one of them; it is actually called the Ichthys and was a symbol that followers of Jesus would use to identify others that they could speak of faith with safely… Hardly soccer mom stuff.
Even the cross was more meaningful, right now it is a nice piece of art to hang on the wall or on a necklace, but it used to be a present reality of the fate that one could end up with for following Jesus.
Jesus never meant to create a safe “religion” and that makes me really glad. He meant for His followers to be risk-taking adventurers.
He said, “If you try to avoid danger and risk, then you’ll lose everything. If you let go of your life and risk all for My sake, then your life will be rescued, healed, made whole and full” (Luke 9:24 The Voice).
Here’s a good question: is your life boring? Even better one: is your life safe? Why would you want those things to characterize your life.
Very few awesome things have been done by people who pursued safety and boredom. Why? Because life requires risk. However, you don’t have to be a Christian to take risks and go on an adventure. But, the best adventure of all time was set in place by Jesus.
To follow Jesus does not necessarily mean that you leave your job, your “old life”, and go fight lions. But it does mean that your life receives a purpose and a quest to go and serve others, to risk everything by forgiving those who hurt you, and to love the unlovable.
Those are just the tip of the iceberg when you come to follow Jesus, but we can all start there, and go on a journey to discover true life that only Jesus can offer.
Besides, boring is overrated anyway.