One of my favorite C.S. Lewis Quotes is
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
How have we deceived ourselves? If Christianity cannot be “moderate” then how do we find ourselves in this position today? If you take this statement as truth (as do I) then in a lot of ways our religion (if applied moderately) makes no sense. If we as Christian people cannot make “sense” of our faith then we certainly cannot expect the world to! It’s like getting a bottle of medicine and being told to take this medicine three times a day for two weeks, but instead you leave it on the shelf and suppose that as long as it is in your cupboard it will make you feel better. In a sense having the medicine around may make you feel better mentally or have “peace of mind” (knowing that you could take if you “really” needed it) but not taking the medicine as prescribed leads to a worse condition; denial of your condition all together. The reason that lukewarm Christianity is so dangerous is that the longer you are “in it” the less you are cognizant of your fleshly symptoms and the implications they have on God’s kingdom. If you find yourself in the lukewarm lifestyle these days (no shame in admitting it I have been there!) then go ahead and expose this fallacy! It’s not about being perfect but always striving for perfection, that is, to be like Christ! One may say “well we are just humans and can never be perfect, so, why try to strive for something that we cannot achieve?”. It is true that no one can be perfect, however where else in life does this stop man from striving for it? An athlete or artist works tirelessly at his or her craft to achieve “perfection” not so much because it is possible to actually achieve perfection but simply because they find themselves wanting to get as close to it as they can. Why is it that in Christianity we find ourselves copping out?