You’ve probably heard the term cultural Christianity, but it’s a bland term that suggests that despite their claims to be Christians, they are Christlike beings. I believe it’s time to substitute a little more harsh language in classifying people who can hardly be proven.
Here’s an attempt to coin a new term: cockroach Christianity!
First, learn about cockroaches, their habits and habitat. Perhaps less than 30 of the approximately 4,600 species are found in human habitat.
As one of the most primitive insects, cockroaches are certainly anathema to most cultures. Again, it is considered an excellent food source in China. These pests can tolerate large changes in temperature and are much larger in tropical regions of the world.
Cockroaches quickly escape light and prefer dark, damp habitats. Unfortunately, it may be one of the little ways they behave like many Christians – avoiding exposure to light. Interestingly, salt apparently repels these creatures.
Let us discuss this aversion to both salt and light as it pertains to people who claim to be Christians.
The Bible says that our Lord wants all believers to be salt and light to the lost world. Listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 5:13. But if the salt loses its salty taste, how can it regain its salty taste? “
Jesus continues in Matthew 5:14-16: A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do you light a lamp and place it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on a stand and give light to all in the house. let it shine “
Consider that God may see many people on this earth as well as we see cockroaches. I don’t think he expects much value from people who avoid being in the light.
If we really want to please our Heavenly Father, we need to work diligently to be both salt and light while on this planet.
I am not suggesting that Christians stand on street corners with placards and declare the need for repentance. Such radical action is the work of the Holy Spirit and seldom the work of Christ-followers.
But when God takes hold of you and fills you with supernatural love and compassion for others, we passionately, sacrificially, and purposefully do what God puts in our path. We must show God’s love for unsure souls.
The Holy Spirit works constantly in our lives to create compassionate humans who can demonstrate acts of love that benefit others at our personal expense.We are the glory of God It must be “poured with wine” for it. It is the selfless love that draws market people to Jesus.
Here is the gist of 1 John 1:5-7:
“This is the message we heard from him, and we declare to you, God is light, and He has no darkness at all. While claiming to have communion with God, If we walk, we lie, we do not live according to the truth, but if we walk in the light, if he walks in the light, we have fellowship with one another, Blood cleanses us from all sin.”
Cockroach Christianity has officially been coined! May his love and light shine through you today.
place to ponder
» Psalm 103:8-11
» Mark 4:21-23
» Luke 8:16-18
» Colossians 3:23-25
— Jim Langley has been writing for over 30 years while working as a life and health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent years his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to draw closer to God as well. As a longtime member of the CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he began writing his Q4 strategy column in 2014 and now he writes for CBMC International Mondays through his manna devotional. Reaching audiences around the world. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for past columns. The opinions expressed are his own.