Shallow Believer

"Shallow Believer" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Shallow Believer” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

The kind of Christianity I was raised in taught me that if you struggled in any way… with sin or suffering… then there was something wrong with your faith.

Funny not funny story: Once I went to a Christian music concert of a musician I enjoyed in my early days and I thought I’d check it out. At the end he asked if anyone was going through a hard time. Raise your hands! I raised my hand. He invited us to come to the front and people will listen to us and pray for us. I did. Once I was up front, standing there with a few others, he informed us that the reason we were having troubles in our lives was because we didn’t have faith and we needed Jesus. I needed to get saved! It was too late for me to do anything so I endured the humiliation of standing up front before many people who probably agreed with him that I needed to get saved.

But this illustrates the bad theology that faith or correct beliefs magically replaces sin or suffering.

It’s just not true! It’s false!

And to believe this is superficial at best and harmful at worst.

It’s inhumane.

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2 Replies to “Shallow Believer”

  1. It’s as though they had never read the book of Job. Or perhaps they believe that Job was Old Testament, but in the New Testament times, it is revealed that we have Power in Christ!!!

    I actually remember having similar thought around age 20, with respect to my parents’ struggles. Thinking of my dad, I secretly believed that if he had the power of the Holy Spirit in his life, then he should have power to face his difficulties. And, yes, I secretly judged him.

    Perhaps this is a tempting thought because it is unbounded. Serving an infinite God, one can theoretically wait an infinite amount of time for God to empower you. The idealism of youth, I think.

    Regardless, you are right David. It is shallow belief, and it manifest as manipulative, inhumane and cruel.

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