Article by Chuck Lawless. Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary. You can connect with Dr. Lawless on Twitter @Clawlessjr and on at facebook.com/CLawless.
It’s a problem for many of us. In fact, I contend that for most of us, the longer we’re in church and the higher we go up the Christian ladder, the more likely it is that we’re stuck in the Christian bubble.
Beginning with me, we need to recognize some of the signs that we’ve insulated ourselves in a Christian bubble away from a world we’re called to reach.
- We’re in a Christian bubble if most of our prayers are about Christians, not non-believers. For some of us, all of our prayers are focused on brothers and sisters in Christ. And, even as we pray for those believers, we focus more on their physical needs than their spiritual needs. I fear we simply don’t think much about others and their walk with God.
- We’re in a Christian bubble if we can’t name five non-believers with whom we have a genuine relationship. I don’t mean superficial friendships; rather, I’m talking about real relationships built on God’s love that compels us to tell others about Jesus. The number “5” is arbitrary, of course, but I trust you get my point.
- We’re in a Christian bubble if we try our best to avoid any interaction with the world. I realize that’s almost impossible to do, and I grant there are good reasons not to put ourselves under ungodly influences—but some of us work so hard to escape non-believers that we offer no threat to the Enemy.
- We’re in a Christian bubble if we don’t proactively pray by name for non-believers to know Christ. A generic, “Lord, save people who don’t know You” is hardly evidence of a godly burden for unbelievers. And, when we do pray for non-believers, I suspect it’s primarily in response to a prayer request more than it is a brokenness over lostness.
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