There is so much pressure that comes with being a Christian in the 21st century. Before I say anything further I would like to define “modern Christian” because in my mind, not every Christian falls in this category. For me, a modern Christian is someone who is battling the struggle and wants to find a balance between the ultimate goal, which is maintaining a good relationship with God and still be able to enjoy life.
There is nothing wrong with wanting it all. In fact, I believe that everyone should strive to have it all. But there is just something that puzzles me. Some people seem to hold the belief that Christians are meant to be these stuck up people who do not have fun and judge everyone about how sinful their life is. Mind you, even Christians sin. One thing I have learned over the years is that living a righteous life is not about being right all the time, it is more about constantly seeking God and his guidance through life`s journey and living according to his will. Even if it means making a few mistakes and finding God again, but just be sure to keep the mistakes minimal.
God does not want us to suffer. So I fail to understand why some people think for, some reason, being poor is holy. People go to extremes to please pastors and mistaken this to being holy. The goal is to please God. Pastors are human beings just like us. This has gotten so bad that some people have stopped going to church.
I don’t judge these people. I actually get where they are coming from. Some churches seem to have disregarded God and his will as churches have become places of everything but worship. So for someone to decide to stay at home on the Sabbath and observe it in the comfort of their homes with a bible is actually not bad at all.
There are good churches out there. But the struggle is real for a modern Christian to find a place of worship where they feel like they belong. For most people, it is about finding the perfect fit; finding a church that doesn’t go on about tithing, or finding a church where they do not force you to be a member on the first day, finding a church where it doesn’t feel more like a fashion show than it does a church.
It even gets worse with all the pressure that comes with being known to be a Christian. People expect you to act a certain way and judge you for the things that you do, or don’t do. If you use make up, then you are altering the image that God created. If you have a beautiful house and a trendy car, then you probably sold you soul to the devil. Society questions the means that Christians have used to get nice things.
So you find Christians who want to leave school and leave their jobs to be fulltime Christians. Who ever said that going to work, going out with friends and getting your life in order while still maintaining a good relationship with God is termed part-time Christianity? Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.
By Marget Hasheela