The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? — Psalm 27:1
So I’ve been watching a lot of golf since Tiger Woods has returned. I never really liked him that much to begin with, but I find myself pulling for him now. I guess since he is my age, I feel sorry for him or something . . . who knows?
Anyway, I’ve noticed something pretty significant. He is now playing against the kids that grew up watching him dominate. They wanted to be like him, and they are. No longer when Tiger’s name gets on the leaderboard do you see people have meltdowns. You only see these 20-somethings rise up and take pleasure in finishing the job . . . just like he used to do. They play golf fearlessly.
In the church world, there are very few people who live the Christian life fearlessly. As a whole, I see the majority of people who call themselves Christians focused on the wrong things. I see them being the morality police, thinking so highly of their own opinions and the way they do things, and being extremely critical to others. American Christians today are so focused on being comfortable that they no longer need The Comforter. The church is dying in the United States, and it is largely because the young generation from 20 years ago didn’t see Christianity as valuable to them at all. There was no “Tiger” in their lives to show them they could live differently and fearlessly.
Thank God I saw a handful of men really live for Jesus Christ. They were the real deal and when I really thought about what it looked like and what it cost to live for Him, seeing them made me want to do it. Just like Tiger inspired an entire generation of golfers, a few Christians inspired me.
Here is the thing: If the Lord is my light, my salvation, and the stronghold of my life . . . the Lord of all . . . the God of the Universe, why should I ever be afraid? How could I not go out today and live fearlessly? If He is with me and He has ordered my steps, then I have nothing to be afraid of. I can live focused on the right things. I can live a life that will make the next generation of Christians see Jesus as a “want to,” certainly not a “have to.”
Lord, help us stop caring so much about policing morality and help us just learn to simply walk with You, for You are the greatest thing this life offers. What is wrong with the American church? Nobody wants to be a Christian because so few people see real Christians. Stir up the body of Christ, Lord. Mobilize us. Help us to understand that you really are with us. Whom shall we fear if we have you?