I’ve been thinking about how the culture we live in can influence our belief systems and livelihood, and it occurred to me that true Christians will always be at odds with those who take on the label simply for appearances’ sake, which describes the vast majority of Christians today. They don’t really believe anything they hear in church (or in the Bible), they don’t actually read or follow God’s word, they’re just going with the flow so they don’t stick out from the crowd and risk becoming a social pariah. In America today, especially in our more conservative states, they are a dime a dozen.
There’s absolutely no variation in this no matter where people live. Muslims being Muslims not because they believe it but because they don’t want their heads chopped off. Or someone who pretends to be Mormon so he doesn’t get treated like a second class citizen in Utah. And so on, and so forth.
I made the mistake of assuming if I went to the most beet red states in America, I would be ensconced in a sea of fellow believers, but the actual truth is the remnant of believers would be just as hard to find there as they would be to find in places like Iran. Just because they assume the identity of Christianity (because this is the culture they live in) doesn’t mean they are one. They are not all Israel, which are of Israel.
But rather than this fact vexing me, I have peace when I finally stop treating cultural Christians like real ones. I’m sure there are many things we would still have in common, maybe similar political beliefs and also a love for America, but I don’t fellowship with them, and take what they say and profess with a grain of salt. I’m able to recognize my own, and I gain more out of the fellowship with the rare few that I’ve become blessed to know, and consider my family in Christ, than to subject myself to those who “say they are Jews, but are not.” (Revelations 3:9)