Why We Don’t Need Any More Christians
This article was originally published as a part of the series titled “Just A Thought”
Do we really need any more Christians? We haven’t been faithful with the Christians we already have. Why should God entrust us with any more?
About 42, 000, 000 of America’s 108,000,000 men 15 years of age and older profess to be Christians.
Wouldn’t it seem reasonable to expect that 42,000,000 Christian men would have an enormous impact for good on our government, corporations, media, families, culture, and society? Instead, we have all asked in bewilderment, “How can this be?”
Statistically, only 6,000,000 men—one in seven “professors”—are involved in ongoing discipleship or spiritual formation. The rest were “recruited” but never “trained.”
Imagine you’re on the Board of Directors of a law firm that doubled in size to 100 lawyers over the last three years. To recruit so many new lawyers the firm had to compromise hiring standards, make promises it hasn’t been able to keep, neglect training and accountability of new lawyers, turn green lawyers loose on clients, sacrifice service to existing clients, and compromise quality. Several case files are in shambles. Turnover is high. Morale is low. Good lawyers are scarce. Reputation sullied, the firm has become a laughingstock in the legal community.
Suppose the president of the firm came to you with a plan to again double over the next three years. What would you say to him? You would say, “Are you nuts? You’ve almost destroyed the firm with these untrained lawyers. Our top priority needs to be to equip the lawyers we already have.” (And probably, “You’re fired.”)
Any business that recruited people for skill positions without also carefully training them would soon be out of business.
No, we don’t need any more “cheap grace” Christians. It’s a disservice to them and an embarrassment to Christ. We do, however, need more Christian disciples who become salt and light in their families, communities, workplace, and world. Let’s get busy and “service” what we’ve already “sold.”
© 2003 Patrick M. Morley. All rights reserved. This article may be reproduced for any non-commercial use with proper attribution.