Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I March to the Beat of My Own Drum and I am a Christian

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved" (Acts 2:42-47).

Man, these people were together!!! No selfishness here; just people who were devoted to the gospel and to each other, until chapter 5 (Ananias and Sapphira) and we all know what happened there. What was the difference for Ananias and Sapphira? They wanted to be disciples, but do their own thing too. In other words, they wanted to march to the beat of their own drum.

Okay, so you probably read the title of this blog and thought, "What!? That sounds absolutely un-Christian!" Guess what, you're right. However, this attitude and lifestyle is far more rampant in the American church than we might realize.

Let's test ourselves.

Do I make it an absolute priority to attend worship at my local church every Sunday or do I miss whenever there is a schedule conflict? That question, of course, assumes you are committed to one local body. So, we'll ask the next obvious question, am I committed to one local body of believers as seen in Scripture (Acts). Am I committed to serving in a particular ministry within my church or do I show up when I want, where I want? Do I unwaveringly fulfill this commitment, making sure I am always there and always on time? Or do I expect a "pat on the back" and adoration from my peers when I do show up and if no one acknowledges that I am there I get at least a little angry? Do I respond well to biblical correction and/or counsel. What are my thoughts and attitudes when one of my peers or someone younger in the faith attempts to teach me something? Do I show respect for everyone else's time and life by being punctual? Do I fulfill my commitments or do I blow them off at any inconvenience or better opportunity? Do I acknowledge and encourage others in their walk with Christ? Do I seek out new people on Sundays or in Small Group to help make them feel welcome and loved, or do I leave that to others because I have my clique? Do I even care if they feel welcomed and loved or if they even stick around?

Well, there are probably a million more questions to test ourselves on, but you get the idea. No doubt in my mind that many of us have been defaming the name of Christ before our brothers and sisters and the world by marching to the beat of our own drum.


Elizabeth said...

Beckham and I are out. We do not meet the requirements.
1.) Natural born us citzen.
2.) At least 35 years old.
3.) Resident of the U.S. for 7 years.

Anonymous said...

I tested myself with the above questions and you'll be happy to know that I'm perfect. Awesome!

Trevor Holloway said...

Elizabeth, as person with a Political Science degree I must inform you that you forgot one other possiblity for criteria: So cool the other rules don't apply. Now obviuosly this would not apply to Obama or Clinton if they did not meet the three criterion you set forth, but it does however apply to you and Becks.