Choose Your Savior

Who or what is your savior?
Every human needs one, you know. And there are plenty to choose from, to save you from insecurities, the absolutes of life and facing fears of the unknown.
Do you lean toward entertainment to deliver you from focusing on reality? It’s an effective placebo for rest and diversion from more serious concerns. Hobbies, too, can help keep your mind from wandering to things that are truly important to life.
Or perhaps you prefer something more numbing, such as meds, alcohol or illegal substances.
There is always the busyness of compulsive behavior, like work, eating, organizing, planning, etc. They can keep you distracted from reality for terrifically long periods, even your entire life.
How about fame and power? Would those be suitable saviors to insulate you from your inadequacies?
Or, of course, there is that most popular of saviors, though the frailest of all: money. It can save you temporarily from all sorts of passing fears. And if you amass enough of it, you can even enjoy superficial friendships, supposed significance, flattery, the delights of this counterfeit world in greater excess, as well as the feeling of great accomplishment for a time, and the knowledge that no matter what threatens your health and security in perpetual retirement, you are assured of limited peace.
Yes, many saviors wave and dance about hoping for you to choose them, to consume your time and assure you that you need not worry about the reality of God and what you must do to avoid His eventual notice.
But we really ought to tell you that there is the Savior He (God) provided for you. Of course, His primary focus is your eternal life and well being, rather than the temporary pleasure that is of greatest concern to most of us. There is that.
And this Savior’s objective is not so much to give you a transitory panacea for the realities of life, but to give you completely new life. His own. To save you from paying the price for your own sins. But that would mean you have to give up your own weak, inadequate, doomed and sin-shot life to get His. And how much fun could that be, right?
Well, it is your choice, certainly. The life of the Creator of the universe, or the life of a broken pot in hell’s kitchen. Love, joy, peace and all that eternal stuff or, uh, fun here on a ticking time bomb.
Choose your salvation wisely. You only have one life to give for it.

Is God Too Extreme For Us?

I’ve called this site The Extreme Christian because, while white-hot faith with an accompanying lifestyle is not the norm, it is and has always been God’s goal for genuine Christians.

This site’s purpose is to encourage us all away from normal Christianity in America, toward true Christianity.

Extreme Christianity (or what SHOULD be normal) is easy to describe. Look at Paul, the apostle. Look at John and Peter after Pentecost. They are not the only examples, just the best-described followers of Christ in the NT. They are what normal should be. But because normal does not look that way in America, we have to label the true norm as extreme.

And what is called normal American Christianity? Don’t get me started.

Okay, I raised the subject. Let me describe it using a family scenario that I hope is not at all common in families.

A father works hard to provide for his wife and children because he loves them more than they know. He has provided them everything they need, and more. However, when Dad comes home one day bringing gifts and seeking time with the family, the children immediately become occupied with the gifts he has brought them and seem not to know he is there.

His wife quickly tries on the gorgeous outfit he bought her and makes a brief appearance to model it before hurrying away to a mysterious rendezvous. “Leftovers are in the fridge,” she calls as she hurries to the door. “Gotta run!”

This is the American Church. Too distracted to love God with all our hearts, all our minds, all our souls and all our strength.

Our loves are many. And we forget that whatever distracts us from Him is, in His vernacular, an idol.

Do you reject the thought that we are an idolatrous church? Then examine your checkbook and your calendar. How many of the entries are dedicated to loving God and your neighbors around the world, versus loving your hobbies, your comforts, your physical appearance, your convenience, your house, your leisure, your taste for good food or your status?

Is it extreme to suggest these are not God’s expectations for us? Before you answer that for yourself, read Matthew 25:31-46.

Am I trying to lay a guilt trip on you? Not at all. Just trying to expose reality. And reality is this: we American Christians are far more devoted to our desires and goals than to God’s.

We might do a fair job of singing words of commitment and devotion on Sunday mornings, but do we live out those songs after we leave our congregations? Each of us must answer that for ourselves. Honestly.

And if we find we must change, then we must submit to God’s will to change us as He sees fit, without restrictions from us.

Otherwise, what should be normal from God’s perspective will always seem extreme to us.