Fast Food Christianity

Fast Food Christianity


We’re so spoiled living in a culture where
everything is fast. We’re used to getting things right away. We want answers right away. We want our results right away. We want our food right away. And if stuff doesn’t start happening when
and how we want it to, we get upset and frustrated. It seems like few of us have the time or the
patience anymore, just to slow down and to pay attention to what is actually going on
around us. In our Christian experience, whether it be
spiritual growth or ministry projects, things don’t always move fast. We may not always get what we want when we
want it. In fact, there may be times when it seems
like we’re not making any progress at all. When this happens it’s easy to get frustrated
and to blame God and sometimes we give up. When things get too slow for our comfort level,
there are certain coping mechanisms that we may throw into place. We might make peace with our setbacks by trying
to explain things away. For example James 4 says that “You ask and
do not receive because you ask amiss that you may spend it on your pleasure.” So maybe we tell ourselves, “Well, maybe what
I am asking for is too selfish. Or maybe it’s not according to God’s will.” But that is not always the case. Sometimes what we are trying to accomplish
is a good thing. And sometimes it is according to God’s will. But there may be other good things that we
may be missing out on because we’re moving too fast. Sometimes we need to slow down, look around
us. If God seems like He’s saying “No”, there’s
probably a lesson for us to learn, or something for us to do right here. But often times we’re too busy trying to rush
through our agendas, trying to get what we want, when we want it. Sometimes our trials and our setbacks are
actually just opportunities for us to become more equipped to help others. What would happen if instead of getting upset
and complaining when we’re forced to slow down, we stopped and asked God “What work
do You have for me to do right here, right now?” ?

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