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
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