Contrary to popular belief, the Christian Life is not “living safe”

Many people thrive in danger.

As I was thinking to myself about alcohol abuse (in the shower, as all blog ideas start), I thought about how God’s command not to get drunk is for our safety. Think of how much getting drunk has hurt relationships – parents losing responsibility to their children, people abusing wife, husband or children, or of course people taking advantage of other people’s drunken stupor.

But I thought of how telling people God wants it for our “safety” is true, yet very unappealing to so many people. This is especially true with young men, as they want adventure. But women too do not want to be “in safety” forever. As I thought this, I realized how wrong I was if I believe that God calls us to be safe. It is not only unappealing but also misleading.

If Christians were to be “playing it safe”, the Bible would be really boring. And anyone who has read that thing knows it is far from. Real stories of kings and queens and royalty. Wandering in the desert for years and years. Death. A man who was brutally beaten and killed on a cross. Followers killed. People escaping from prison. Sneaking into countries through a job but then preaching the Word of God up and down the streets.

If you are up for an adventure, embrace God’s call. Spiritually speaking, those “rules” ARE to keep us safe. Also to keep us safe physically but even moreso emotionally. Those things I listed earlier about drunkenness end up killing us much worse inside than outside (generally speaking).

What I’m trying to say is that the next time someone says they do not want to be a Christian because they want to really “live life”, don’t buy into that lie. The Creator knows His creation’s needs. This includes: He knows our mental/emotional needs for danger and excitement. The Christian life, when truly embraced, is far from boring. It does involve a lot of waiting sometimes, but waiting does not mean to sit around in your house all day.

I’m not here to say that God is going to put you in danger and make you work your way out. Absolutely not.

4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
– Psalm 23:4 ESV

People often use this verse to remember that God keeps us safe. But you can’t miss that it does not mean we won’t go into the “valley of the shadow of death”. There is evil all around us. We are in great danger. But the Lord comforts us and we have no need to FEAR.

If an adventure is what you want, God is a worthy Giver.

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4 thoughts on “Contrary to popular belief, the Christian Life is not “living safe”

  1. Personally, I think the call to sobreity is even more than just to be safe. Christians are God’s people. What image would we be portraying if we’re throwing up, blacking out, acting promiscuously, and doing stupid things like starting fights and jumping off things. As God’s people, we are called to not conform to the patterns of this world. Christians live dangerously, not because we party but because we don’t. Because, in our culture, you’re looked on, almost badly, if you don’t give in to the societal pressure to get completely wasted. We are called to live dangerously, but we’re also called to be representatives of the God we follow. I mean, Christian means “little Christ.” Exempting the Greeks and the Romans, what God would act in such a way? Not my God. Not me.
    Also, as a non-partying Christian, I live more of my life than I would if I was at a club getting drunk. I remember more, I form more realistic and wholesome relationships than I would if I was drunkenly texting the guy I hooked up with at last night’s club.
    But yes, I believe it also ties into safety.

    • I wholeheartedly agree. That’s the whole reason God sets so many rules for the Israelites – so that they will be “set apart” and it will be clear Whose they are.
      Definitely another good thing to remember. We are called out of this sin because we are “set apart” because we are “made holy” because we are to reflect the living God. Thank you for bringing that up. :D
      The safety thing has been on my mind because that is usually the Christian/becoming a Christian issue – but you are right. That is the reason at the crux of all of this.

  2. :) This is awesome. My older sister was a missionary (and is planning go go back and live) in a part of the world that wasn’t “safe” for Cristians. She always tells me that we are not safe anywhere, and therefore wherever we go we should make God famous.

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