Lately I’ve met a lot of people who say that they’re Christian, but they don’t act like it. Based on their actions and words I would have never guessed that they were either. So I started looking into it more and I came across an interesting video where Francis Chan talks about “Give up on trying to fake it as a Christian.” There are so many of you out there that claim to be ‘Christian’ but when you read this article you shouldn’t be surprised. You think that pretending to be a Christian is going to get you to heaven? Think again.
In his video, Francis mentions two types of reports that can be given about ourselves. One from God and one from people we know. Which one is more important to you? Below I wrote some key points that I took from the video.
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ “And then I will declare to the, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
If someone were to interview you, your friends, family and everyone who knows you right now, about your relationship with God, what would they say? What is your reputation? What if they were to interview God about you? What would He have to say about your actions, your life, and your love for Him? What would the two reports look like? One report from the people who know you and one report from God. Would what people have to say about you be much higher than that of what God has to say about you? Could it be that you are more concerned about your reputation than you are about your character and who you really are before God? We can make ourselves seem better than we really are to certain people, and create a reputation for ourselves, one that may indeed be false when we stand before God. We already know what God has to say about us. Though sometimes we deceive ourselves, but for the most part we know.
It should be our goal to hear Jesus say that we loved Him, and that we didn’t stray in other directions. We should take it to the very end, why try to fake it along the way? You can fool everyone here on earth but when you die, you’ll go to hell. “Yea but everyone thinks I’m in heaven!” Is this your goal? Is this what you want your life to end up like? How long do you think this joy is going to last you? Not really long, you won’t have time to focus on this because you’ll be in a lot of pain. We have to be honest with our disbelief and honest with our surrender.
After watching Chans’ sermon, I started doing a little more research of my own on the topic of ‘fake Christian’ and here’s what I came up with:
Here on earth, people judge based on outward appearance, but God judges people for who they truly are based on what’s in their hearts. So many of us are focused on the wrong things and society plays a big role in this. In todays’ world, people judge others by what they look like and not for their character. But this should pertain to us, we shouldn’t be living for society but for God. If you’re not serious about God, then why are you wasting your time? Pretending to be a Christian and trying to fake it as one in front of others won’t get you anywhere, only to hell. To be a Christian means that you’re solely living for Gods purpose and your character and reputation can prove it. In James 1:26 it says the following:
“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”
We can say that we’re Christian, fool everyone around us and ‘fake it til we make it’ kind of thing but in the end, your religion would be pointless. So much of your time spent fooling people into believing that you’re Christian won’t matter, you’ll end up just like all those who didn’t believe in God in the first place, in hell. In Revelation 3:15-16 it says that following:
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”
When you’re trying to fake it as a Christian, you’re behaving like a lukewarm Christian. You believe in God but you’re not doing anything for Him, but you’re trying to make it seem as though you are. God Himself says ‘that since you’re neither hot nor cold, I will spit out of My mouth.’ He will throw you out in less than a second because He knows the real you. He’s not going to ask others about you and interview them about you because they don’t really know you. The people around you only know what you allow them to see. In 1 Samuel 16:7 it says the following:
“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Though we can fool people next to us, we can never fool God, and in the end that’s all that really matters. It’s not people who are going to get us into heaven, it’s God. So why do we spend so much time building a reputation to look good in front of them? We need to spend more time build our character so that we can look good in front of God.