Being Devout in A Content Christian Home
Hey guys, I’m “The Devout Christian”. Today, I’m writing my first blog post, and we’re going to go over a topic that hits pretty close to home for me. First, let me start by saying that I’m a 17 year old male, and I was recently baptized, and things started out great. I spent time with my pastor, gave a speech, and felt closer to God than ever before. I’d been working on fixing my faults, trying to be closer to my family and be more Christlike, and I was seeing wonderful progress. Everyone in the Congregation saw the progress, my friends saw how much happier and kinder I was, and every thing felt great. That day of my baptism, my family decided to take me out to celebrate, and that’s when things went downhill.
As our food arrived, the conversation had steered away from talk of Christianity, and went straight to Politics and the disagreement that followed. Talk of Baptism turned to arguments over sexuality, and conversation about Christ went to screaming about illegal immigration. Right when things were looking up, they immediately plummeted back to where they had been at.
Now why did this happen? Why was such a wonderful, celebrated occasion turned into another day full of anger and contempt? Why is a family full of Christians so quick to go back to their habits, when a child in the same family is able to look to Christ for Change?
The reason why is simple: Contentedness.
The definition of “Content” is to be satisfied, to be fine with whatever you have or wherever you’re at. To be content is often times a good thing; it can keep you from being greedy, or desiring more than you’ve earned. However, contentedness in your Christianity and yourself is a horrible thing to feel.
Now, I’m not saying you should feel bad about yourself. Being depressed about where you’re currently at will only hinder your progress. However, it’s worse to think that how you act now is fine, and is the best that you can do. The reason why I wasn’t a part of that anger and argumentation was because I’ve searched for growth; Even though I know I’m far from perfect, I still look to scripture for how I could improve myself, both as a person, and spiritually. And that’s the difference. Many self-proclaimed Christians, ones who are open about their beliefs and even go to church every week, leave it at that. They let Jesus forgive them for their sins, only to continue on with them. And that’s not what we’re called to do; We’re called to be like Christ. He didn’t die on the cross for us to repeat the sins he’s forgiven us for, but rather move on from those sins and grow from them. Whether they be heinous acts like sexual impurity, or just daily habits that you don’t think about, like acting rude or passive aggressive, these are all things that we have the ability to work towards fixing, Christian or not.
If you’re a devoted Christian who is always looking for improvement in yourself and your relationship with Christ, then it’s very possible you’ve dealt with the very same family issue. What do you do when your family doesn’t notice or care about how hard you’ve worked to be a better person, and they’re simply content with their belief? I was struggling with the same question, and quite frankly it made me horribly depressed. It wasn’t until God sent my way the answer that I realized how simple it was.
I was sitting in my room, looking at my growth and how it had done nothing to help my family, and was wondering what the point was. My actions seemed meaningless, all of my hard work for nothing. I wondered what the point of even living was, if I couldn’t even help my family see the grace of Christ. And then I got a message on instagram from a girl who goes to both my church and my school, one who I rarely talked to. She said to me, “Hey, I was at Wendy’s (The restaurant we went to) today, and I saw what happened. I know how you must be feeling; I have a similar family situation. Just remember, you’re not called to change them. You’re called to be Christlike, and pray for them. Whether they get there or not, just keep praying. If you want, we have a youth group at church that I help run. You can join if you want!”
At first I was shocked. I saw that the timing was nothing less than a gift from God, and I knew that what it said was undoubtedly true. But beyond that, it opened up a door for me; Even if my family doesn’t support change and doesn’t want to grow, I can still grow with others. I realized the importance of fellowship outside of the family, which is so often overlooked. James 5:16 says, ‘Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” This speaks directly of the importance of living in Christian Fellowship, specifically with those who are righteous and look to live Christlike lives.
James 5:16: “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
Hebrews 10:24–25 speak quite a bit about both how we should act, as well as the difference between the actions of Devout Christians and those who are content: “And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” It directly acknowledges the bad habits that many Christians hold onto today without even recognizing it, while also contrasting that with how we should be; Encouraging one another “All the more as you see the day drawing near.”
So if you’re stuck in a situation where your family doesn’t have the same beliefs as you, or you have a family who is simply content, put your faith in God and pray for them, and let his grace flow to them through living by his word. Don’t feel alone, and look for fellowship in the Church or in a Christian Youth group. Just remember that God has a plan for everybody, and he never gives to people more than they can handle. And if you’re a content Christian who thinks the way you’re living is fine, just remember this; Christianity isn’t a one and done baptism ceremony. It’s a life long journey of improvement and studying of the word of God. May God help you find the fellowship that you need, regardless of your situation.