No More SADSACK Christianity
Hey Christian, are you happy?
Not sure? Happy people are content, satisfied and marked by joy. So, I wonder if you’re happy?
I know life can be difficult. I know this fallen world is a heavy place to live. I know we all experience trouble, trial, and tragedy. But, despite these realities, are you happy? Christians should be the happiest people on on the planet, even when, especially when, life is hard.
Sadly, the Church is filled with too many sadsack Christians. Many of us are walking around as if our God is still dead. Too often we project that God is not good, that He is not satisfying, that He is not in control of everything that takes place in this world.
This is a problem.
It’s a problem for the Christian and it’s a problem for the mission of Jesus we’re called to. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote,
“So often we give the impression that we are dejected and depressed; indeed, some would almost give the impression that to become a Christian means that you face many problems that never worried you before. So, looking at things superficially, the man of the world comes to the conclusion that you find happier people outside the Church than inside the Church. He is quite wrong, of course, but we must recognize that some of us at any rate have to plead guilty to the charge, that far too often because we suffer from spiritual depression, and are more or less miserable Christians, we grossly and grievously misrepresent the gospel of Redeeming Grace.” - from “Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure”
None of this is meant to downplay the reality and severity of clinical depression in our culture. It is not meant to diminish how legitimately painful much of what we experience is. It is meant to emphasize the practical implications of the message our attitude, outlook, and actions communicate to the world around us. Jesus died for your sin and rose again, so that through faith in Him you could be reconciled to God!!!
Christian, no matter how hard your life may be, you have great reason for humble happiness. Things won’t always be the way they are. The pain you feel, the fire you face, the tears you shed will all be consumed by Christ (Rev. 21:1-4).
It’s going to be ok and we should live in light of that truth. No more sadsack Christianity. Let’s pursue happy lives content in Christ and satisfied in the Savior we claim.