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Treating the walk like a government job

Rudzani Mulaudzi | 6 Oct , 2014  

I have noticed that when most people are asked about working for government they respond with a similar attitude. Government is seen as that place you go to when you are old or tired of “learning”. Government is viewed as one step closer to retirement and sends a message of “I don’t do anything useful in the world”. With that view in mind a lot of people see it as an ideal destination for their careers once they are “done” and want to relax.

As I was thinking about Christian demographics and stories I hear, I found it quite interesting how Christianity on a personal level observably takes a comparable route as what I mention in the first paragraph; career progression ending in government employment. When most (personal observation not statistically proven) Christians are born (that is born again) they start with an uncontrollable zeal, they just seem like people on a Jesus high. At this stage / age of their walk they truly crave the word and becoming involved with 1 or 2 aspects of the faith becomes a natural outflow. Furthermore the idea of people not knowing The Lord is ‘irksome’ to them and they do their bit to change this. It’s an awesome adventure to observe. But like all adventures it seems to have a peak and once this peak is reached the Christian begins to withdraw to him(/her)self more and more, in the sense that their life which had an aroma informed by knowing God starts to be faint. The Christian’s zeal reduces with time and the external outwork that was previously visible in volunteer work and outreach starts shrinking. They start to sink into a government job type like Christianity, they are still part of the faith but are now tired and retired, they gracefully become people who applaud good work and participate in a few beyond Sunday “church stuff”. Adding to them a “used to” outlook on life. You talk to them about prayer and they will recall the days of old when life was filled with much more prayer than is now, similarly with outreach. They become Christians on the cheer lines.

I think it ought not be so, our walk should go from glory to glory, from zeal to zeal therefore when looking at one’s life one should know greater glory, zeal and faith out workings are yet to come.

This Christian trend has sent a message to the world that Christianity is like working for the government and hence a lot would say, yes I want to walk with Jesus but when I have done x. For instance ‘I want to but when I married’, which means I want to have sex first (outside of the biblical view of it) and then when I am done I will join the faith. Christianity is not that cushy retirement from everyday mundane life, it’s a complete new and completely different life. It’s not an upgrade it’s a destruction of what it is to have newness. Christianity is about partaking in Jesus’ death and resurrection and that is in no way ordinary.

 

P.S. Do you agree or disagree with my observation? What do you see and what do you think?

 

T&C my views of government and conversations are purely SA based

T&C for one second only, lets set aside corruption as inhibitor for working for JZ

T&C true salvation is the work of God not of man

 

References: The featured image belongs to http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/. I am in no way affiliated with the Dailymarverick neither do I endorse the referenced article.

 

 

rudzani
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  • John

    Good piece! I agree with you said, even if you look at it from an age perspective. Older people in church cheer and young people work! I think this is a good wake up call for us.

  • Lusani Masindi

    Good piece. I enjoyed it. From what I have observed, 3 things can happen to the Christian on fire who resigned into a government type job as per article. The first thing is that one can experience a fall (sadly so e.g. get girlfriend pregnant or even just sex without pregnancy.) which they repent from, such that they still love God, but that fire has been blown out by the fall. They then fall into the government type job.

    The second thing is as we grow, we begin to have many more responsibilities. Though we can still make time to be serving, that fire is reduced for many, and some completely blown out. Be it careers and family responsibilities. But this is a contradiction somewhat – I should say this before you do. Because one can continue to serve God in these careers and families – with the same level of passion or more. Also part of this second reason has to do with change in environment. Some can start off the walk from say a rural setting, then they move to the big cities and the fire reduces or goes off.

    Finally, and perhaps a more (what’s the word for it? proper/theological?) valid maybe reason. Nothing to do with experiencing a fall (which is a contradiction before everyone can sin) and nothing to do with responsibilities which I pointed out already it contradicts. This is, growing from being radical to being relevant. I hope I am putting that right. Basically, when we start off the walk, we are still immature and want to do everything. Sometimes having wrong reasons like for glamour. Sometimes too over confident which may be close to pride, over spiritualizing things too. Then we grow, and become relevant, and we minister with patience and humility. And we really search for God’s direction, that whatever we do should be as He directs us.

    Just my thoughts…

  • Rudzani Mulaudzi

    Lusani I am glad you enjoyed it :) Your reasons make sense. However the last point you make, I agree that we as Christians are called to cultivate our spheres, this means being relevant but also counter culture. Our relevance should not result in us fitting in but standing out even more. Jesus’s relevance was counter culture, it was the culture that lepers are outcasts, yet Jesus would touch them! This was relevant to the lepers but completely counter culture. Now the point of my article is that people grow weary of of being relevant (not that they become relevant) & culture challenges / changers.

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