They think I'm making fun of Christianity, which—if you've ever read this blog—is totally not the case. I guess I can see their point, though. No one wants the words "lazy" and "Christian" in the same breath.
Laziness, in its simplest form, is selfishness. "The Selfish Christian" sounds much worse, doesn't it? But what human isn't selfish at the core? No matter how hard we try to live for others and give and give, we all have moments when we are at the center of our thinking. Probably more than moments, if we're being totally honest. We'd rather go with the cultural flow than do the work required to be countercultural. One is easy; one is hard. One allows us to be lazy; one requires actual effort.
Guess which one we're inclined to pursue?
You see, the thing about being a lazy Christian is that we are all lazy Christians. Are any of us really working at our full potential in Christ? We are all works in progress—we do more some days than others, we wax and wane. We go whole hog one week and we're bare bones the next week.
And we can do that. Do you know why?
Because God has done 99% of the work. We only have to do the last 1%, which involves saying yes to Christ and living our lives by him, for him, and with him. All of the hard stuff has been done for us. Compared to what God has done, we'll always look lazy. We're just silly humans who caught an incredible break.
So what does the label "Lazy Christian" really mean?
It means I have shortcomings and flaws and I'm willing to admit them. It means I don't have it all together all the time. It means, yes, I'm selfish sometimes, even though I wish I weren't. It means I see the state my heart is in and I don't want it to stay in that condition. Otherwise I'd call myself a "Content Christian" or a "That's Good Enough Christian."
But, most of all, it means I recognize all the work God has done for me and in me, and I know he'll carry it through to completion.
Even if I am a Lazy Christian.