Is Christianity in Dire Straits – Part II?

Part I was about the similarities between the dissolution of Dire Straits and living the Christian life. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately if you like British rock), there is another way the too are connected…

Lyrics…

Dire Straits really hit it big with Money for Nothing and the chorus “You get your money for nothing, and your chicks for free” – which men would consider the best of both worlds, if they’re being honest…

And that made me think of Christianity (not the free chicks part) and how we as Christians like to have the best of both worlds too…

While we may not be as concerned about money or women (hopefully), we do like the ideals of Christianity. The nostalgia, security (salvation), purity, and maybe even the romance…

We then like to wear our Christianity with pride for all the world to see (or at least those who won’t be offended). We want others (non-offensees) to know we go to church. And on Sunday mornings – watch out. We pull out all the Christian stops to let others know (a little ironic we are most open our Christianity to other Christians)…

But that’s about where our Christianity ends – especially our public version. We like the idea of Christianity. We like being known as Christians. We are proud of ourselves for our Christianity…

But for many of us, our Christianity is in Dire Straits. We want the shiny suit of Christianity – just don’t make us wear one of those cheesy sweaters…

We don’t like the real costs of Christianity – the cost of telling others of the Gospel (not just where we attend church) or the cost of truly loving others or the cost of standing up for the the unborn or the cost of caring for the orphaned and widowed or the cost of purity…

We don’t like these parts. We’d rather have the facade for nothing and the grace for free…

Please give us Christianity, just don’t ask us to give anything…

We don’t like that…

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