Are You A Plastic Barbie-doll Christian?
By Pastor Lee Hemen
April 11, 2009
Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?” Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:21-23)
We live in such a spiritually plastic world, and I do not mean one that is vacuum-formed from petroleum distillates either. Far too many faithful want a good-time, rock-and-roll, plastic-banana, feel good commitment. Many who climatically claim Christ on Sunday readily fail Him on Monday. They are the Barbie brand of the faithful. A mere glimmer of the real disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.
While many have bemoaned the unnatural and false expectations that a toy doll like Barbie gives the little women of our day, few Christians cry out at the crass cross-less denuded denatured Christian discipline that is fostered off on the emergent faithless. Those who have sold their souls for a feeling instead of the certainty of knowing Jesus as the only means of salvation for all sinful mankind. It is as if we do not want to admit we could ever be a sinner in need of a savior. But here in the words of Jesus we discover the startling and honest truth: That while “many” will try to convince Jesus that they truly do know Him on that final day of judgment, and even give up a myriad of examples from their lives on how they felt or served Him, He “will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.’” And literally Jesus is saying, “I do not know you now, I did not know you before, and I never will know you!” Wow! Like the Cheshire Cat in the Disney classic animated film, Alice In Wonderland, who rhetorically asks Alice, “Who are you?” Jesus will ask each human being the same question: “Who are you?” Meaning, what do you truly believe?
The answer to the question is the final answer. There is no phone a friend option here. When Jesus went to the cross He did not go so that you could feel good about yourself, feel good about being religious, or that you would find some happy-time quasi-religiosity to get you through a miserable relationship, an unfulfilled life, or an ungodly world. He suffered to show you the cost involved for your sin and Jesus died to be the ultimate sacrifice for your sin, and He rose from the grave on Easter Sunday not for chocolate cream-filled eggs or bunny rabbits, but to prove to you that He does what He promised to do and that is give anyone eternal life who places their faith and trust in Him alone.
Jesus desire to give us so much more in life. He related that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Meaning a complete and wonderful life in Him and not some feel good faith. How do I know this to be true? Jesus also said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Faith in Jesus is more than a plastic façade.
So, let me ask you the question: “Are you a plastic Barbie-doll Christian?”
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