I love being a Christian. By that I mean I love following Jesus. By that I mean I love trying to follow Jesus, attempting to follow Jesus, aspiring to live the life for which I was created.
When I was converted, I just assumed that everyone who named the name of Christian took their faith seriously, that it was a core issue; not just a cosmetic confession. I learned all too early that there is a big difference between Christ-followers and the fans of Christ.
You’ve seen fans, right? Those are the people who wear the shirt, identify with the team, make bold proclamations as long as everything is going well, when it costs them little to nothing to be a fan. Then there are other fans who buy the tickets, attend the games, and yet there’s a big difference between fans and players.
One of my driving passions for my whole life has been to take Christianity back from the fans – those people who somehow feel like they own Jesus, own His church, and can manipulate it for their own benefit; those who take their confessions lightly and oftentimes send mixed messages to those who are trying to find their way to God.
This week on Renegade we’ll be talking about how to distinguish between fans and followers, between posers and players. This is a huge distinction and you need to know how to make it.