In my Young Adult small group we are going through the Francis Chan series called BASIC. Last night we were on the topic of Following Jesus. (Great series by the way) At the end of class we watched a quick clip from The Skit Guys that was really good. The concept of the script they were acting out was set between an Atheist and a “Follower” of Christ. During the skit the Atheist asked the Christian what he did that weekend and the Christian said he went to church and God showed up. The Atheist then asked what it meant that God showed up. The Christian could not give an answer and then the atheist went on to point out that there was no difference between that Christian and himself. He said that if you asked anyone who was friends with them both if they were any different that the answer would be no. The only difference between them was that the Atheist got to sleep in on Sundays and the Christian didn’t.
But then the Atheist went on to say something very powerful, he said that if the Christian was okay then so was he. Meaning that if the Christian can live like he is living and believes that when he dies he will go to heaven, then the Atheist has nothing to worry about because they are practically the same person.
You can view this skit by clicking on the following link. The portion I’m referring to starts at 8:20 of the eleven minutes, but the whole skit is great and really funny so give it a watch. http://skitguys.com/videos/item/what-keeps-you-from-following-god
We talked about this idea before when I did a review of the book Christian Atheist, and yet I cannot help but returning to it. If people who don’t believe in God don’t see a recognizable difference in those who do believe, then what reason would they ever have to change their views and give their life over to God? Think of someone you know who doesn’t believe in God and ask yourself if you were compared to them, in the things you do, what you say, what you think and how you act, would you stand out as different or would you be seen as the same?
Following Christ is deciding to take the narrow path. It isn’t easy to be a Christian, but it’s totally worth it. God sees past the facade that we put up for others. He is not stupid nor ignorant. And yes there is a difference in wanting to follow God and actually following God.
Don’t let your actions deny the faith you claim to have. (Titus 1:16)
Let’s look deep today at ourselves and ask God to reveal to us anything that’s there which might be keeping us from fully following Him. I don’t ever want someone who claims to be an Atheist to say that there is no difference between the two of us except the fact that I wake up early on Sundays.