I’m a Christian but…
Yesterday I got a haircut. I needed one badly because I was starting to look like a hobo. The gentleman cutting my hair was nice and funny. He was making jokes and the conversation was pleasant. I spoke about my job and my hobbies but, before turning the conversation to a spiritual topic, I noticed that he had a guitar tattoo. I asked him, “So, do you play the guitar?” He answered, “Yes,” and continued, “I have been playing for a while now.” I replied, “Do you play in a band?” At this point his demeanor changed a bit. Instead of being happy-go-lucky he seemed to draw back a little. He then said, “Yeah, but probably not the type of band you’re thinking of. I play in a worship band for my church.”
I was astonished to run into someone who was active in a church. I was eager to chat with him because of the common bond that, I assumed, we had. I went on to tell him that I was a youth minister for over 4 years and played bass in the church’s worship band. He told me that his experience at the church was great so far. Then he began to share some personal information. He said, “I used to live in Hutchinson with my wife and three kids. I moved out and now live with my girlfriend in her parent’s basement. We are hoping to move out of there soon so I can see my kids more.”
I was shell-shocked when I heard him say those words. I was expecting to have a Christ-centered conversation with this man and was now I was faced with a task that has always scared me. I have always found it difficult to tell people about Jesus when they think they know Jesus. There is often nothing I can say to make them see the truth because they are certain that they know it. We chatted a little more and the barber made it clear that he left his wife for his current girlfriend. This is what I call the “but” syndrome and it looks something like this:
“I’m a Christian but, I left my wife for another woman.”
“I’m a Christian but, loving my enemies is too hard.”
“I’m a Christian but, I sleep with my girlfriend/boyfriend.”
“I’m a Christian but, I get drunk every once in a while.”
“I’m a Christian but, I…”
All the while Jesus is saying:
‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments.’ -John 14:15, ESV
Don’t be a “but” Christian.
Thanks for reading.