Is Christian transformation still a thing? Do we still believe in it? Maybe even more important, do we still even expect it? Or, have we truly reached the point where someone says the sinner’s prayer, and we’re instantly a complete Christian?
I ask this question because of the Presidential election. You may have seen that President Trump just changed his affiliation to non-denominational. I asked in What happened to Christian transformation – becoming more Christ-like? whether that was because of a life-changing event. You know, was it a real Christian Transformation? Or was it something else?
I fear it’s something else. That it’s more about getting votes than about a real transformation. It’s sad. And it’s especially sad that so many Christians, especially white Evangelical Christians, fall for this.
A wrote Pop Tart Christians quite a while back. It talks about our growth as Christians. We don’t just say some “magic” words, which aren’t even in the Bible, and become instant Christians. That goes for a president as well as for the rest of us.
We all need that growth. We need to experience testing. Then respond appropriately. You know – like a Christian that’s following what Jesus taught, rather than what our first instinct as people of a fallen world would respond.
Ultimately, while I am concerned for the country, I’m even more concerned about the souls of those who claim to be Christians, and yet have grown very little, if at all. I can say this, because I’ve been there. And because I’m still growing.
I look back at myself years ago, and I wonder. Would Jesus have told me Well done, good and faithful servant!
Or would He tell me,
I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoer(s)!
I fear Jesus would have said the former for too much of my life. And so, I express this concern, so you can be sure of your own status. I urge you to check out the two articles above. And to turn something David wrote into your own prayer for your soul.
Ps 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Ps 139:24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.