Mark at “the untried” published a very good post last week called “The Church of the Christian Cocoon“. He writes about being a “good Christian” according to the predominant Christian culture in the US. But, what about to those who need to know Christ? Mark writes:
The list could be endless. The point is I have come to realize that when I was fully immersed in the Christian culture I did all the right things to be considered a model Christian within that culture. I followed all the rules, regulations, legalisms, doctrines, and creeds as well as anyone I knew. I played the game. Yet, when I ask one simple question it all crumbles around me.
Did those who needed Christ the most see him in me?
The answer to that is unfortunately a resounding no. Those in my circle patted me on the back. To them I was a good Christian. I was living my life for God. But was I really? Sadly, the answer to that question is no also. My life rarely touched anyone for Christ that did not already call themselves a Christian.
There is a problem when a believer’s life rarely touches the life of an unbeliever. I wrote about this in a few posts last year. But, I called the phenomenon living in a “Christian bubble”:
Whether you call it a cocoon or a bubble, God does not call his children to huddle together apart from the world. He calls us to be in the world even though we are not of the world. In the last year especially, God has been teaching us to step out of our bubble.
Are living in a Christian cocoon or a Christian bubble? Get out! You won’t find your calling or purpose inside that bubble!