What Does Real Christianity Look Like ?
Some pastors have informed me that it is impossible to live our lives as the early believers did? Is that true? I would say yes and no. It depends on what you mean. I would say if your goal is to imitate the lifestyle of the early believers, it would be impossible in our post-modern culture. Walking everywhere might work in a small town, but never in Busy-America. But if your goal is to have the attitude of the early believers, well that is altogether a different matter.
You see, our physical imitation of their lifestyle is not nearly as important as our heart attitude. Jesus was big on matters of the heart. We could make some changes to our lifestyle which would lead us to a greater understanding of scripture - say giving up TV, as I have done, which by the way gives me a lot more time for spiritual matters. But, a change in attitude, where we seek humility rather than pride or self indulgence or worry, would make a tremendous change in our spiritual lives.
Lets try appreciating what we have, instead of wanting more. Or giving away instead of buying more. If our mindsets are focused in on the attitudes carried by Jesus and the disciples as described in the Bible, we could see the post-modern culture in a whole new light. I can't dress like Jesus, but I could certainly focus on spiritual things and teach others to do the same. By re-examining everything I do in light of His peaceful and loving character, I could transform my whole world and the lives of those around me.
So I challenge pastors not to give up on relating to the early believers just because our crazy world makes it hard. Striving to have the attitude of Jesus is the real heart of the matter, and attitude is the real thing that we must focus in on if we want to be like Him.