What is a Casual Christian?
We have sent out our first rough draft of the vision and one phrase that caught the most confusion was “casual Christian.” In the document, it stated casual Christians would not feel comfortable at our church. For the record, we are going to rephrase that slogan to be clearer.
However, it is an important statement.
So, what is a casual Christian? A casual Christian is a person whose actions and involvement in the faith is merely acted out upon convenience. (Mark 10:22) A casual Christian measures their faith by intention and not action. (James 2:17). A casual Christian believes their faith is about punching a ticket to get into heaven and not about knowing the one whom God sent. (John 17:3). A casual Christian sees church as something you attend and not part of a movement to bring heaven down to earth (Matthew 6:9-14). In short, a casual Christian doesn’t follow God with all of their heart, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:37). A casual Christian believes they can figure out life on their own instead of a radical reliance on him (Hebrews 11:6). A casual Christian looks to the church to fit into their preferences, instead of seeking God’s preferences. (Romans 12:1-4)
So to make the vision clearer, Christians who will not put their faith into practice will feel uncomfortable at our church because a big part of our vision is to teach and lead others to have an active faith marked by doing good deeds. Getting a bunch of people to sit in a row to sing and listen to a sermon each week is not our goal. Our goal is make committed, uncompromising, full tilt, radical loving disciples of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20, Matthew 5:13-16)