I was recently told by someone that some have speculated about me “there must be something missing in his life” because I’m so involved in ‘religion’. It appears these people are trying to assess the hidden motives behind my zeal, so I thought it might be a good thing to look at what motive they would have for saying that. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is that they must not believe Christianity is true. The reason I’m zealous about Christianity is because I believe it is literally true. If Christianity is true, it is of prime importance; if it is false, then no attention should be paid to it at all – it is worthless and should be completely ignored. Why is it of prime importance? Well, as James MacDonald likes to say, “News Flash – this thing does not go on forever – you’re gonna die one day”. And when you die, when your heart stops beating and you take your last breath, if what the Bible says is true, we’re in big trouble – we’ll be standing before God and giving Him an account for our lives. If we have Christ as our Savior, we can be accepted by God and welcomed into heaven because of Christ’s payment for our sins. But if we don’t have Christ as our Savior – if we’ve rejected Him and His forgiveness of sins, then we will be thrown into hell for eternity to pay for our own sins against a holy and righteous God. So, since I think Christianity is true, and it is true that I could die literally at any moment (heart attack, car accident, etc.) or the Lord could return at any moment (Mat 24:44), I think it makes sense that I would be continually zealous for the Lord. In the same way it is evident that the people who say “there must be something missing in his life” must not even consider it a possibility that Christianity is true. If they really believed it was true, they’d be zealous too! I’ve heard the comment that, “well, a lot of people believe in God and go to church, but they’re not as overboard as you are”. My reply to that is that not everyone who goes to church is a Christian. Jesus said in the parable of the wheat and the tares:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ ” ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ ” ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ “
The common interpretation of this parable is that there are both believers and unbelievers in the Church and it may be difficult to tell the difference between the 2 until harvest time (the end of the age).
The second reason that comes to mind for their motivation for saying this is that they must not have read the Bible, from which they would’ve known Jesus’ and the Apostles thoughts on this matter. Jesus literally asks us in several places in the Gospels to give up our lives for Him. See John 12:25, Luke 14:25-33, Luke 9:23-26, Mat 8:21-22, Mat 12:30, Mark 10:21, Mat 16:24-26, Luke 9:57-62 and many more. Likewise, the apostles exhorted us to follow their examples as they completely devoted their lives to Christ. For example, see: Phil 1:21, 3:7-11, Gal 2:20, 1 Cor 10:21, Eph 4:1, Luke 5:11 and many others.
Unfortunately, the culture’s perception of Christianity is much different than true Christianity as portrayed in the Bible. I can’t expect those who don’t know Christ to understand the motivation that a Spirit filled, born-again, Bible believing Christian has for giving their life to Christ. From a worldly perspective, it just doesn’t make sense and therefore demands an explanation. The Bible tells us in several places that the world won’t understand us or our message:
Mark 13:13 – And everyone will hate you because of your allegiance to me. But those who endure to the end will be saved.
John 15:18-19 – “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
1 Corinthians 1:18 – For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:14 – The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
So, if anything that confirms biblical truth and makes sense of people’s reaction to us. All I can do is continue to live my life as a Christian in front of the unbelieving world and look for a chance to speak about these truths that I believe. As the apostle Paul says about the servant of the Lord:
Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. (2 Tim 2:25-26)