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Christian Atheist: Customized Christianity

Posted by Alli Owen

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My favorite place to get ice cream is Marble Slab because the combinations are limitless, and I’m completely in charge of my order. I get to cherry-pick and customize everything I want, and I get to skip everything I don’t. But as I was listening to Pastor Craig this week, I began to wonder if I treat my faith the same way I treat my food.

Too often, I find myself becoming a cultural Christian. I find myself choosing which parts of the Bible I want to believe and glossing over the parts that challenge me.

To be honest, I’ve been a Christian Atheist. I believe in God, but I don’t always fear Him like I should. I accept the perks, but reject the price.

There are so many times I catch myself saying, “I trust you, God, but I don’t want to…” We all have something to fill in the blank. Maybe you trust God but not enough to tithe. Maybe you trust God but not enough to surrender.

It’s easy for me to love Jesus when I feel loved by Him. But to fear Him involves following Him, which is far more difficult.

When we follow God, we don’t always get to choose where we go. We don’t get to customize our journey for our convenience. In fact, God often tests us to see how much we trust Him.

To love and to respect God is to fear Him, and to fear Him requires faith. But when I choose to follow God, I am trusting that God is good, even when I don’t understand the full plan.

Maybe you’ve been customizing your Christianity, too. The good news is you’re not alone. We’ve all fallen short. That’s why God created us to live in caring community.

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