“Lazyanity”–the passive & comfortable Christianity

“Lazyanity” falsely believes that Christians stay afloat in life’s raging waves of temptation and corruption without treading water. Jesus is everywhere but instead of seeking and embracing demonstrations of His presence “lazyanity” settles into ceremony and routine.

True grace makes us hunger and thirst for righteousness. “Lazyanity” causes us passively sit in false security and religious pride. “Comfortable Christianity” is a polite way to say “lazyanity.”

“Lazyanity” is spectator-friendly Christianity but it’s not friendly to people who passionately “seek first the kingdom of God.” “Lazyanity” unintentionally bores people with the most glorious reality in the universe–“Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Catherine Booth, cofounder of The Salvation Army, didn’t like “lazyanity.” In her book “Aggressive Christianity” she wrote: “Rise up on the strength of God and resolve to conquer.”

When church becomes mere routine it nestles into “lazyanity.” When Christianity morphed into “lazyanity,” the Bible’s Spirit-led ekklesia morphed into the passivity of program-led church.

It’s free
To be
A church attendee
To listen
To a lesson
Each week
And not make a peep.

The preacher speaks
But the congregation
Makes the sound of silence.

Perhaps Christians don’t need one person to do all the talking when they gather for worship. Maybe they could be a support group instead of an audience.

People of the Spirit are caught up in & carried along by God’s Spirit, not their own desires.

My desires to be lazy are deterrents to discipleship. I want the risen Jesus, not my desires, to direct my daily life and determine my destiny.

Jesus is often lazily
Unrecognized,
Overlooked
And hidden
By what we call
Ordinary circumstances,
Random occurrences,
Or mere coincidences.
Lift your gaze
Beyond life’s haze.
Look closer
And really see
How you’re surrounded
By His awesome
Love and mystery.

Too many Christians
Are being led
By the thoughts
Swirling in their head
And being fed
By their own desires,
But instead
They need to be led
And fed
By Jesus,
The living Head
Of His true followers.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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