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Posted by Dr. Scott Solberg on Jan 31, 2018 with 6 Comments

8 Signs Your Christianity is Too Comfortable

THE TITLE “8 SIGNS YOUR CHRISTIANITY IS TOO COMFORTABLE” recently caught my eye. It is an article written by Brett McCracken and I found it on The Gospel Coalition website.

If you just want “the list” of the “8 Signs” you're too comfortable in your Christian faith, here they are:

 

  1. There is actually no friction between your Christianity and your partisan politics.
  2. There are no paradoxes, tensions, or unresolved questions.
  3. Your friends and coworkers are surprised to learn you’re a churchgoing Christian.
  4. You never think about or even remember the Sunday sermon on Monday.
  5. No one at your church ever annoys you.
  6. You never feel challenged, only affirmed.
  7. You never had to have a “truth in love” conversation with a fellow Christian.
  8. No one in your church could comment on any area of growth they’ve seen in you.

Hopefully, this list is thought provoking enough to read the article. You can read the article here.

I think McCracken is right in his general observation, “Comfort-seeking is our default mode in a consumerist society, so we often find ourselves in “comfortable Christianity” without even knowing it.”

If you want to reflect further on this idea, get his book Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community. Or better yet, read this book on “community” with someone else or with your community group.

 

Comments
Chris Dyer Jan 31, 2018 3:45pm

Great thoughts. Strengthens my idea that my questions and my seeking and my challenging are what I am supposed to be doing to keep growing in faith. Thank you!

Annonymous Feb 2, 2018 3:08pm

I've been dwelling on these kinds of things in my own life. I often feel like I'm too comfortable. Like there's all this other stuff in my life that's taking away from what I really want, which is to be challenged and changed and driven by Christ. But I can't figure out how exactly to do this, especially as a married person with children. I have all these convictions and don't know what to do with them. And I know so few people who share these convictions. How do you determine when to stay at your current church and when you really do need to find a place where you can feel challenged? What if none of the issues that convict us are even discussed at church? What if I'm itching to cast off all my material possessions in the midst of a culture (within the church) where having stuff is so "normal"? What if the only sermons you remember are the ones that dared to rock the boat a little on some controversial topic? I want a sermon that isn't afraid to make me feel like the wretched sinner I am. But then reminds me about the cross. And THEN challenges me to be holy like HE is holy because of what he's done. Change! Be different! I don't want to just THINK about my faith. I want to DO something with my faith. Like Jesus.

J Kooken Feb 9, 2018 11:47am

This looks like a great book. Thanks for sharing the information. Who wants to read it with me?

Anonymous Feb 14, 2018 2:25am

To whoever expressed their concern about conviction and looking to find others who want to be challenged in their faith, I hear you. Clearly this is a source of angst because neither you nor I feel we can even put our names to this because there is a fear of reprisal or misunderstanding which could result in losing the Christian family we love. People seem timid about expressing what the Lord has done for them and this comfortable Christianity feels suffocating for me too. Christians seem unsure when talking with one another about how the Lord has changed them or their lives and rarely have the ability to express a joyous unbridled faith. I have been guilty of this in the past and it grieves me. If one does speak with unhesitating enthusiasm, people do not seem to know to respond. It’s so sad and I do not think it’s because of a lack of security in Christ. I believe we may have an inflated sense of it, enjoying Jesus’ abundant grace to the point we miss the call to action regarding His purpose in our lives and others He wants us to serve. It’s a grace and love doctrine that doesn’t seem to be followed by asking us what we are empowered to do for Jesus because of this grace. It’s like much of American faith has turned into some type of religious country club as opposed to daily life-altering faith that convicts or if it does, it’s limited to the designated “giants of faith” in our congregation, not an expectation of the entire local church body. Isn’t powerful sanctifying change part of our faith? I agree with you. I want direction that helps me identify specific issues in my life that God is calling on me review and change, not generalities. I want the world to see Jesus doing things in our church and myself for which no other explanation than Jesus and His powerful work could accomplish and I want all of us to be so thrilled about it we can’t shut up. I worry that most of us have been so soaked in Christianity since childhood that the words “love” and “grace” feel like a warm comforting blanket, not a rallying cry to put on the whole armor of God. While I praise Him for and need His comfort, I need continual transformation. Like a tree, I want to see growth rings as I look back over the years. Comfortable Christianity does not do that.

Alyssa Lewis Feb 14, 2018 7:53pm

Oh, my Annonymous friends! I love you so for sharing your hearts! It grieves me to think that there are fellow believers who feel isolated in their thoughts and convictions, and fearful that sharing themselves wholly with others would be such a risk. Truth be told, I connect with much of what you have said here. I seem to have a collection of convictions myself and sometimes I feel alone in them. But with that, I would love to take the risk of putting my name here in the hopes that, whoever you are, you might reach out and connect with me. We don't have to be alone! If you are reading this, please, consider getting in touch with me. I'm in the church directory and on Facebook. I genuinely promise to keep your identity secret and I will not judge you. Please. You are so loved.

Scott Solberg Feb 17, 2018 7:32am

I really appreciate the heart of each of the comments shared. You may find, though, that there are more people wrestling with these things than you know. I read a great article yesterday that suggested this "uncomfortable" feeling is part of our ongoing reality. It is a rather long article, but I offer it to you for your consideration. Here is the article http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=30-02-038-f - If you don't read the whole article - read the part under the heading "Normal is not Comfortable." Also - Janice Kooken is looking for people to join her in reading the book that generated the list - perhaps that would be a good thing to consider. I have the book and would enjoy reading and discussing it with others as well. In fact, your perspective is helpful for me as I try to shepherd a congregation. So let me know - Blessings

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