I recently discovered an article entitled, “McChurch” that was really challenging, but not in the way the author intended. The article was written out against the modern state of the Church in the United States and the way that Christians are simply abandoning truth to go where they hear something they like. It conjured memories of many Bible classes that I have listened to throughout my whole life—lessons where we as “true Christians” were contrasted to those dastardly denominationals. We were exhorted for holding to truth, standing firm, and being bold. We were a real church, not a “have it your way” social club.
But, then I got to thinking. Sometimes we are guilty of the same things. Often, we are wonderful at listening to things we do well and condemnations against things we don’t struggle with. But far too frequently we as individuals are guilty of this “McChurch” approach to our faith. We avoid reading the challenging passages demanding us to be peacemakers, and instead yell our opinions on social media. We avoid the passages calling us to radical and self-sacrificial love, as we choose to harbor hate toward others. We withhold our eyes from passages that call us to live with philoxenia (love of the other), while fleeing from those we feel are broken. Radical giving, true sacrifice, merciful living, complete forgiveness, and Christ-like kindness are often overlooked in our haste to make Christianity far more manageable. But that kind of faith is not real.
Christ wants my faith, not mcfaith.