Allow me to unveil to you my dears, the intrinsics of what I like to call ‘Fast-track Christianity?’
It goes like this….you blast out machine gun prayers every morning, ‘doo doo doo doo!‘, and get the demons of hell in a frenzy. After that you’re out in the streets, bible in hand evangelizing and winning souls for our family (amazing thing really, for he that winneth souls is wise).
Next you’re taking the devil on, one on one, and getting him back under your feet, not once giving room to worry, sin and temptation. Your prayers are answered regularly and people around you know for a fact you must have special VIP status with God. You are the Christian everyone covets and wishes to be like. You make people like me seem like toddlers in the faith.
If Christianity had a postcard, you would be on it.
Now, don’t think I’m hating on anyone. I believe its commendable if you fit into this category and I encourage you to ‘keep on keeping on’ as Bishop Jakes says.
One of my favourite authors Max Lucado describes Christianity as a ship. Every person has a place and a role. Some are the sergeant commanders, petty officers, lieutenants and captains (I love reading books on war), they bring order to the ship and issue out orders. When it’s time for warfare, these guys direct the guns, ‘over left shoot!’.
Then we have the navigators. They make sure the ship is going in the right direction and spot any enemy ships before they attack. We have the cleaners, the cooks, the maintenance crew and then we have….well we have the rest of us.
We are just glad to be on the ship really and we look at everything in awe. Everything is always an adventure and we tend to rub off the hard workers the wrong way.
And when we get to real life? We doubt a lot, worry, sin then feels guilty, repent do it again and feel even more guilty. We pray but not for hours and sometimes we wonder if we’ll ever see the results. We question God, we get angry with Him at times and even lose our patience.
We don’t always adhere to the standards of ‘strict Christianity’ (why else would I be writing this).
If this is you I want you to know you aren’t alone. Besides me and so many others, we have biblical examples of believers who felt the same.
Yes, the same, ‘Who is this uncircumcised Philistine who dares defy the armies of the living God’, David.
Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I am in trouble? Psalm 10vs1
Even this mighty man with a heart for God felt a little helpless at times.
But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’? “Exodus 4vs1
Yes, even the mighty deliverer of Israel himself experienced self-doubt.
My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me.” Mathew 26vs39-40
Even Christ Himself at the moment preceding His death was overwhelmed.
Listen don’t feel pressured to be like anyone else. God loves you as you are. “I have loved you with an everlasting love” is what He is saying to you today. Saved by grace and sustained by love is what you are. You are fearfully and wonderfully made and your presence is a gift to the world.
Yes, you! Now go ahead and smile. Stay blessed, stay laughing, stay victorious.
Valerie Tendai Chatindo is a scientist, businesswoman and writer. Follow her on Twitter @tendy_vchatndo
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