Escape the Christian Bubble

Escape the Christian Bubble

Anyone who has walked with the Lord for any length of time in the western world knows the temptation to get trapped in the Christian bubble–the Christian subculture that exists beneath the surface of our society. It’s a place where you can withdraw from the world and live with little to no interaction with the unsaved.

Is that Jesus plan for His people? Let alone his command to his people?

He said in Matthew 5:16: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Further, he said in Matthew 5:14-15: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”

And yet, so often as believers in Christ, we separate ourselves from the world. You know what I mean…we go to church and talk to our Christian friends, then get in our car that we bought at a Christian car lot, listen to Christian radio or the latest Christian mp3, eat at a Christian restaurant with our Christian BFF, go home and watch Christian news, polishing off the day with a Christian movie. Next morning, maybe we go to a Christian job, remember halfway through the day that we need to get car insurance, so we grab the Christian yellow pages (Shepherd’s guide) and get Christian car insurance. Then we make sure we get to the Christian softball game where we play with our Christian bros. I even saw an ad for Christian toilet paper (with Scriptures on each sheet)!

Wow!

Of course not all of these things are bad in themselves, but the point I’m making is this: Is it really the will of God for us to withdraw from society and hide in this Christian bubble when our own Savior left the comforts of heaven and came to this world as a missionary?

Let’s imitate Christ.

The enemies of Christ called him “the friend of sinners” (Luke 7:34). Would anyone call you or me the friend of sinners? Here’s my challenge: Leave the comforts of what you know and be a missionary back out of the Christian bubble into the lost world!

This may require some training. First, we may have to learn a different language and stop speaking Christianese. Questions like “Are you born again” or “Are you on fire for God” may not connect with a post-modern, if not post-Christian society. Telling them you “love the Lamb” or that they “need to be committed” might not have the effect you’re hoping. ;)

Woo hoo!

We’re on an adventure with God!

We’ll need to learn that evangelism isn’t simply “let me get this message off my chest” but is about loving people, being in their lives, AND sharing the good news of the saving grace of Christ with them.

But how will we do it if we live in the bubble?

May God give grace and passion to escape the tragedy of the Christian bubble, and follow Christ Jesus into the harvest fields of the world, starting right where we are.

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