A Call to Order: Unboxing Faith

Back in March, I was asked to help with an event for the youth at my church. The whole idea behind this thing was to show the youth that as Christians, we are the church. The church isn’t confined to a building; rather, we, as the church, are supposed to carry our beliefs into every aspect of our lives. As I was leading my small group, which consisted of about 25 girls in their junior year of high school, the girls presented their concerns about going back to school on Monday. A resounding chorus of voices saying “It’s easy to live for Jesus when you’re on a camp high” and “How can we take this back and talk to people who don’t care? Half the people here are praising Jesus but then tweeting about partying when they get home” filled the sanctuary’s lobby.

Not going to lie, I had the same concerns that the girls did. After all, it’s easy to do anything as long as it feels good. ¬†As KB sings in one of my favorite Jesus jams called “Crowns and Thorns” (listen here! ), “Are you the safest when the world’s loving you or had enough of you? Who’s in more danger: the persecuted or the comfortable?” Christianity isn’t supposed to be confined to four walls on Sunday; and newsflash: Christianity isn’t just about us. Yeah, I know, that’s not popular, but that’s true. If Christianity was just about us, then we might as well all be swept away and taken up to heaven now. We’re put on this earth to glorify God, to engage the culture, to win the lost. We are a part of God’s grand metanarrative.

So why, then, do we shove our faith into little boxes? What’s up with our holy huddles, where we discuss our faith with people who believe the same things we do, but refuse to reach outside the church doors because we don’t “feel led”? If we’re going to sing “Oceans” by Hillsong (listen here!) in a church pew on Sunday and ask Jesus to take us “deeper than [our] feet could ever wander,” then shouldn’t we actually be willing to go deeper with our faith, letting our Christianity permeate our entire lives? We have a problem, and it’s time to start addressing it. It’s time to stop putting our faith inside a box.