Mediocre, moderate, average, ordinary, common, typical, usual, normal, regular and standard should never be acceptable as descriptive words to define, describe, or characterize the followers of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, it has now become an accurate way to define “Christians” in this country. C.S. Lewis wrote years ago:
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
Lewis’ words should aid us in evaluating our Christianity, our discipleship, the quality of our steps in following Jesus as Christ and Lord. It is a tragic truth that the name of our Lord means less in our country now than ever. And because of that we are guilty of grave sins against God and guilty of allowing this country to become godless in many ways. We are in a battle against the forces of hell and at this particular time they are winning. We know ultimately Christ will be victorious, but at this moment, in this great country founded on biblical principles, the devil is having his way with the leaders of our nation, the people of this nation, and even the churches of this nation. In truth, we care little about the things that are important to God. Yes, we will argue that we do care and make a vivid stand among fellow believers, but we have left the market place empty. Our absence from the market place, from public venues, has forced this biblically founded nation to fall into a godless abyss where darkness rules. When Lewis writes that the only thing that Christianity cannot be is “moderately important” he obviously writes from the conviction of his own heart, but he also accurately defines the reality of Christ in the life of an authentic believer. So how is it that we can call ourselves “Christian” if what Lewis writes is pure truth? We can’t! We can call ourselves “church members” or “Baptists” or “Methodists” but we can’t call ourselves “Christian” when our lifestyles define Christianity as moderately important. If Lewis’ comments are not sufficient, we might do better with the words of Christ in Luke 14:26 (NASB), “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” In essence, Jesus and Lewis agree; Christianity cannot be moderately important. In fact, if it is true, it is infinitely important. That is what Jesus is telling us, not that we have to hate our family, but that love of family, commitment to family, importance of family, can’t compare to the importance of following Jesus. Lewis’ word “infinitely” will give us more clarity. The word “infinitely” means immeasurable, impossible to calculate, boundless, unlimited, and incomparable. In plain words it means our love for Christ if authentic, will not compare to our love or allegiance to anything earthly, including family, friends, material possessions, or any other earthly passion. It means as Lewis said that it can’t be “moderately important.” We say, “I like my Christianity to be moderate, not radical,” and in saying we personally indict ourselves, we personally declare our own guilt, our own responsibility for this godless world.
Wouldn’t you say that it is time for a radical change in the way we do “Christianity” in this country, in our lives, or can we give it a few more years before we step up? My fellow believers, we don’t have any more time, it is time we took our faith into the public arena. Jesus said, “No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”