Bad Christian vs Good Christian
The other day I was thinking about how bad I am at Christianity. Really bad. What is it that symbolises my badness. Well… here’s my personal list.
- I have not been able to consistently engage in “traditional” prayer practices. (Head bowed, hands clasped, and eyes closed).
- I still swear inside my head. The powerful F-word being the most frequent, followed closely by J.C.
- I don’t like listening to our local contemporary Christian music station. I like hip-hop, hip-hop country, country music and house music; none of these are played on our contemporary Christian music station.
- I skip the worship portion of the service because I don’t like the genre of music that either of my churches play.
- I’m not a fan of Mark Driscoll’s theology, in fact, I’m not a fan of Mark Driscoll himself!
- I’ve grown tired of doing Beth Moore bible studies (I’ve done at least 10 of them, all of them were great, but time to for something new! )
- I think The Message is not a good resource for bible study. (It’s not a translation, it’s a paraphrase)
After I thought about all the reasons that I am a “bad Christian”, I started to wonder what God thought about my list of “badness”. If God wrote my top ten list of Christian no-no’s, would the contents match what I had written?
I wish I had an exact theological answer for what constitutes being a bad Christian. The only reference I have is the mental list of conscious and unconscious actions that I expect of myself and others. My personal list is full of things that I now realise are somewhat ridiculous. Who and what is determining good vs bad; is it our cultural norms or is it God’s standards as set out in the bible?
For now, I’m going to continue being a so-called “bad Christian”. The only thing on my list that I want to actively work on changing is my bad habit of using Jesus’ name as a cuss word and internally swearing. That’s not just a bad habit, it’s a sin!
- Do you ever think of yourself as a “bad Christian”? What criteria are you using to determine “good” vs “bad”?
- Which influences your Christian standards more, cultural norms or biblical standards?
- Take some time to reflect on your notions of “good” and “bad”. Ask God to help you remove unhealthy notions of what to consider right and wrong.
- Develop some grace for yourself. Being hard on our self and others doesn’t bring us closer to God.