This past Sunday was Pentecost Sunday, that day in history when God poured out his Holy Sprit and Jesus Christ was preached as the crucified but resurrected and exalted Lord and Messiah. According to Acts 2:41, three thousand people joined the small group of disciples.
The Jesus movement was off and running. Fueled by the Holy Spirit, these disciples lived out the life of Jesus Christ whom they fearlessly proclaimed as their King and Savior. This was a singular focus, their mission, which earned these disciples the name “Christians” (Acts 11:26).
Today…this is no longer so. Here in America it’s common to hear “God, country, and family” touted by many Christians. But where did we get this idea from? Certainly not the Bible! But is it such a bad thing? Well, judge for yourselves.
Is it really by coincidence that Christianity is on the decline in America? The gospel of Jesus Christ now shares the spotlight with civil religion (with the later increasingly getting the majority of airtime). Where in Acts, followers of Jesus were called Christians because they were living as disciples, today people can be Christians without necessarily being disciples.
Maybe it’s time to stop trying to juggle “God, Country, and Family” and live exclusively for the mission of God!