It’s sad that most of us only halfway live our faith.
In many instances this means we take only half the teachings of the Church. Or we only live our faith out half the time. That’s typical. And maybe that means we’re halfway there.
But there is a deeper sense of halfway living our faith that is all too common – perhaps far more common. It’s that we only half-believe. We half embrace. We only halfway follow our beliefs to their logical conclusion.
Unfortunately, fully embracing one’s faith these days is seen as fanatical. It’s okay to be Christian, as long as you don’t fully believe it and live it out. We say it’s only reasonable to treat your faith as moderately important. But if you fully believe it…well, now you’re acting unreasonable. You’ll quickly be labeled as an extremist.
It’s reasonable to make religion a part of your life. But don’t go making it the most important part! That’s just crazy!
Somehow, it is reasonable to be half-Christian. It is reasonable to sort-of live out our Christian faith. But it is somehow unreasonable to live it out in full? To actually treat its teachings as actually true? To follow them to their logical ends? To attempt to actually do what it asks us to do? Somehow that is unreasonable?
The truth is that there is nothing at all reasonable about a half-believed Christianity. There is nothing reasonable about halfway living it out. If it is true, it is everything. It is the only thing. It is true freedom.
If it is false, it is total imprisonment. It’s a lie, a ruse – it’s of no importance whatsoever.
Somehow we’ve gotten comfortable living our faith halfway. We’ve got one foot in the Church and one foot out. We’re ready to hop in or out depending on which best suits our present situation. And many of us do it without even realizing it because we’ve grown up not knowing any other way.
Are we truly living a Christian life if we’ve got one foot in and one foot out? Not really. Being a Christian is a “both feet in” kind of endeavour. Any other brand is not the real thing.
“Living out one’s faith is either no way to live or it’s the only way to live; it’s either imprisonment, or the only path to freedom. It offers happiness, or it frustrates the pursuit. There is no half-love, half-religion, half-worship, half-belief, half-truth.” – Tarek Saab, Gut Check
One foot in and one foot out is no way to live.