I have been a Christian since age 4 when I began following Christ through attending Sunday school. Since 1981, I have been a full-time Christian worker: a pastor and missionary.
You might think that I love every aspect of who I am and what I am privileged to do, but such is not the case. In fact, I would like to share in this article reasons why I don’t like being a Christian.
Perhaps you will relate.
I can share multitudes of reasons I love being a Christian, including:
I know where I am going when I die.
It makes sense of the world and life.
I have the wonderful feeling of forgiveness.
I have an intimate relationship with God.
My life has meaning.
I have purpose in living.
There are overwhelming reasons to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
But for today, I would like to honestly share three reasons I don’t like being a Christian. I will also share my responses to my concerns:
1. I don’t like not being in charge.
Being a believer means submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, making Him the boss.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21 ESV)
Sometimes I would prefer to be in charge. OK, usually. His ways seem difficult and uncomfortable. I would often rather have God obey me rather than me obey Him.
RESPONSE: When I think that way, I remember that, like a loving father, my heavenly “Father Knows Best.”
Everything He has for me is for my best. Every prohibition is for my protection. I might not always understand it, but I know this is true.
2. Sin isn’t as much fun.
Sometimes it seems like it would be a lot more enjoyable to not be a Christian; to do what I want and sin without guilt.
Even the Bible admits there are the “pleasures of sin.” (Hebrews 11:25)
But as a believer, I am more aware of my sins. When I do something wrong, I have a sensitive spirit that reminds me I have messed up.
I can’t get away with much!