Selecting Comfort

Selecting Comfort

Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community by Brett McCracken

Together Empty Church is embracing the uncomfortable. Join us as we dig into Brett McCracken's new book Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community and uncover all the parts that make us uneasy about our faith, uneasy about being friends, and uneasy about building a church that realizes that comfort is not the goal of Christiantiy.

I don't like change.

Change is uncomfortable for me.

Anyone who really knows me knows that I have crazy anxiety issues. Not normal nerves, but utterly debilitating, curled up in a ball, laying in the dark, wrenching nerves. I avoid uncomfortable things.  I don't even like to go shopping because it stresses me out. I end up staying home with Netflix with small exceptions when someone rescues me with something fun. I certainly do not embrace discomfort very often.

Status quo Christianity can be comfortable. It does not require much of the individual as it devolves into “God loves me" and "I'm not the worst person in the world." A cropped Gospel is how we deceive ourselves and others into thinking that we can coast through life with the knowledge that God exists. 

For far too long, being a marginal Christian has been comfortable for many people. Christianity was and is "popular" and people have identified as some form or another while slapping "non-practicing" in front. Christianity has been a word to invoke in order to receive privileges that others might not. Slowly and but surely the gap has been widening where it is less advantageous to call yourself a Christian and more realistic to just say you believe in a god of some kind (that has been greatly influenced by American Christian ideas). Many would rather be "spiritual" and not Christian.

Now to be a Christian you are met with much skepticism and criticism.

It's not a comfortable place to be in. 

In fact, the more I learn about Faith and following Jesus, the more possible discomforts emerge.

It means failing in front of people who “expect you to be different.”  It means being judged by marginal Christians. It means confusing both of those groups. It’s being misunderstood. Those are all things that we would rather be accepted in yet, God could call us to be a weeping prophet or do countless other things making us a “fool for Christ.”

We don’t like looking foolish or stupid but by just believing in a supreme Being makes us fools in the eyes of many. 

I would rather select comfort over being uncomfortable. It feels safe. How foolish are we that we do not think that we are safe with our Creator? I guess it comes down to a difference in definitions of safety and we would like to be our kind of safe rather than Saved by Jesus.

That is why I must allow God to change me. No matter how much I hate change, it is imperative that I become uncomfortable in the world to finally see God as my comforter.

About the Author | Sean Kready
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