My father have been here for a couple of days and even tho we may agree on many practical things we seldom see eye to eye on spiritual matters.
One thing that kept coming up in different conversations was whether or not you have to take your faith in account in every situation. The underlying fear of fanaticism and fundamentalism evident. At one point my father said:
Can’t you believe in God with out being a disciple?
While I think it is possible to believe and not follow (James 2:19). I do not think you can call yourself a Christian (Christian = like Christ) if you are not making an effort to become more and more like Christ everyday. Yes, it is asking a lot, and yes, the cost is very high to be a follower of Christ but as Paul said you are either a slave under your desires or a slave under God. or to quote Bob Dylan:
You gotta serve somebody, it might be the devil or it might be the Lord, but you gotta serve somebody.
In everything you do, you will be serving either the cause of God or the other side. Now why is it so incredibly scary with fanatic faith? We are not asking fanatic or blind following of a human leader like the sects do, we do not ask following orders without question, what we are asking is to follow the words of Jesus. Words that will not change, there is no secret agenda when you get deeper into it, there is just those words.
29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)
This is the agenda of the fundamentalist Christian, Love. And then there is the spreading of the faith, making disciples …
So the choice is yours, you can believe there is a God and let it rest there, or you can follow Christ and be challenged by His words day by day. To follow Him and change into His likeness more and more for every step you take towards Sion.
I don’t think you can truly believe in Gods grace and His eternal sacrifice for us and not be moved to follow. I think when we grasp who God is it is a life changing moment, when we replace ourselves as center with God. When we replace our agenda with His agenda. When we forsake humanism (Human in the center) for Theism (God in the center). When we realize that God does not exist for our sake but we exist for his sake. At that point we have no choice but to become disciples of Christ wanting to be more like Him in everything we do.