Last week, I asked the question, “Where are we going?” We considered, “What is the goal of Beck’s Baptist Church?” This week, I have a different question for us. Are we moving anywhere?
I often hear the question from students, “How do I stay a Christian in college?” The question is asked with good intentions, but nonetheless I think it’s silly. The reason they ask it is because so many people they know go to college and abandon their faith. These people fall prey to the destructive philosophies of so many of their secular godless professors and they change their mind about God. They reach the conclusion that God was just a fairytale their parents believed in, but now they are much too educated for such a foolish belief. It’s easy to see from a distance that these young people have been duped. And so the question arises from teenagers, “How do I stay a Christian in college?”
Well, here’s why I think it’s silly. It’s silly because the Christian life was never meant to “stay” anywhere. The Christian life is about movement. It’s about “pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14). Did you hear those words? Pressing. Toward. Goal. Upward. These words are all movement based. When Paul writes this verse, it is abundantly clear to him that he is moving somewhere. He is not standing still. So I would like to rephrase the question from, “How do I stay a Christian in college?” to “How do I grow as a Christian in college?” When your plan is simply to stay somewhere, you’re a lot more likely be persuaded to turn backwards and head the other direction than someone who is actively pursuing a goal and is rapidly moving to reach it.
So where is Beck’s? Are we a church that intends to stand still and see how long we can “stay” where we are? Or will we join the Apostle Paul and move towards our goal. Will we be willing to change things to keep pursuing a goal? The author of Hebrews tells us we need to “lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely [so that we can] run with endurance the race set before us” (Heb. 12:1). Laying aside sin is foremost in importance. But he also calls us to lay aside any weights. Are there things we love that aren’t wicked, but are still slowing us down? Let’s start identifying them and let’s start dropping those weights so that we become a church which is moving and not a church trying our hardest to stand still.