Have you seen that documentary Super Size Me? A man lives solely on McDonald's fast food for a month. He ends up gaining a ridiculous amount of weight, becoming deficient in important vitamins and even damaging organs in the process. It's both intriguing and disgusting.
We all know that living off of unhealthy fast-food isn't the best idea. But man, it sure is convenient to just whip into a drive-thru. Yet, we do this in our spiritual lives.
Sunday Morning Drive-Thru
We pull into church on Sunday, sing some songs and maybe even get a spiritual "sugar-high" if you will. Then we shake some strangers hands that are sitting next to us, putting our best fake smiles on. Next, we hear some easy-to-digest quotes from the Bible but nothing too intense. Finally, you're done and off to face the week. Never to open your Bible again, until the next week where you repeat this process.
On the flip side of this, I've heard of Christians who never step foot inside a church or a community group. Often, they might have had a bad experience in the past. To offset their lack of involvement in a church, they gorge themselves daily in theology books. They MIGHT even "attend a church online". But they horde all that knowledge and wisdom and nowhere to put their faith into action and love people. God calls us to community and not isolation.
Donuts and Deadlifts
If you know me then you know that I am super passionate about fitness and food. A few years ago I found Crossfit and a balanced lifestyle of eating "Macros". I've lost almost 20lbs and found out and strong my body can be. But you might be wondering, what this has to do with ANYTHING.
One of the amazing things that I've learned in my health journey is that it's ALL about balance. It's not about just eating salads all the time, we know that isn't livable (or enjoyable). That you can't just sit around and eat donuts all day either. Instead, I learned to USE my food to fuel my fitness. That if I was going to splurge, do it and USE that for crushing my workouts.
God doesn't want us to be "fat" Christians full of knowledge and theology, we have to put our faith to work. We are to take the things we learn from God's Word and share the gospel with the world, to love the unlovely and to live in community with other believers (even if it's messy).
Balance, It's Both And
The irony of it all is we have taken the two fundamentals, Church and God's Word, and made them optional. It's not an either/or, it's a both-and.
Now hear this, not ALL Churches' Sunday mornings are "drive-thrus" thought most American churches today have forsaken depth for convenience and idolized experiences over the rhythm, but I digress.
The Sunday morning gatherings are a reminder to turn our hearts BACK to God's Word during the week and is not the only place that we open our Bibles. It's where we gather to wrestle over deeper truths and sing songs that remind us of God's character. It's a reminder that we are not alone in our pursuit of Christ and we shouldn't do life isolation.
We live in a world where lies abound and the truth is twisted. The world even spews lies about God for the sake of being politically correct. Most Sundays I am beaten down by the week. The world has gotten the best of me and my heart wants to believe the lies it hears. To be honest, I can believe some pretty horrible things about God and even people. But that is why I go to church! There is nothing like hearing hundreds of believers speaking scripture out loud to my hurting heart. I hear God's truth, and the gospel not only through preaching but scripture readings and by communion to remind me of who I am, who God is and that I am called to love my neighbor.
But if we end our Christian walk there, we are malnourished and lacking. We keep surviving on mere morsels from Sunday mornings when God is asking us to feast on His nourishing truth daily. We can't expect to get nourishment once a week and expect to live off of it.
How can we ever expect to know and love God without regularly reading and praying? We must have the routine of opening our Bibles every day to behold Christ, to see Him through scripture, to allow His Spirit to move in us and through us to love those around us.
So I leave you with this question, are you living a balanced lifestyle? Are you forsaking the goodness of God for convenience and surviving off of "McDonald's"? Are you gorging yourself off of rich foods and becoming a "fat Christian"?