Christianity: Infinitely Important or Irrelevant; There is No Middle Ground

by Melissa Travis

C.S. Lewis once wrote, “One must keep on pointing out that Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite
importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
(“Christian Apologetics” from God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics)

I think about the utter truth of this statement quite often. It describes a true dichotomy, yet many live within an imaginary middle space where Christian faith is occasionally claimed but rarely, if ever, holds primacy.

The outright rebellion of atheism makes more sense to me than such casual “faith.” The former is at least comprehensible based on the fact that the unbeliever is in purposeful denial of God, usually claiming some brand of [pseudo]intellectualism for their disbelief. But the person who verbally claims Christianity whenever it’s convenient to do so, yet opposes it in words, deeds, and an utter lack of any outward sign of allegiance to their Creator… that’s the person I struggle to comprehend. Content to ignore God in their day-to-day life, they are nevertheless quick to ask for prayer when they meet a life struggle. It hurts my heart, and I know it must hurt the heart of God infinitely more.

Consider Revelation 3:15-17. (God is addressing the church at Laodicea, but the account is included in our Scripture because of the lesson it provides to ALL churches.)

I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I’m rich; I have become wealthy, and need nothing,’ and you don’t know that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.

In our era, the word “rich” in the passage above could be interchanged with “educated” or “self-sufficient.” To be sure, this is sometimes indication of a corrupt, unrepentant heart, though the individual has deluded themselves into a comfort zone where the “God issue” is concerned…

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