Have you ever heard someone say, “I know he makes mistakes but deep down he is a good person”? That statement frustrates me more than most because it seems the call to carry the cross is not a call to fit in a little Jesus when you need it.
Nowhere in Scripture do I see a “balanced life with a little bit of God added in” as an ideal for us to emulate. Yet when I look at our churches, this is exactly what I see: a lot of people who have added Jesus to their lives. People who have, in a sense, asked Him to join them on their life journey, to follow them wherever they feel they should go, rather than following Him as we are commanded. Francis Chan, Forgotten God, pp. 121-122.
I can’t help but identify with Chan’s comments in that many people pack the pew and it makes our numbers look great (it even gives us ministers a salary) but it makes our spirit look and feel awful. I am tired of being the good person, the nice person, the polite person, the quiet person, the ______ club person, the good citizen, the peaceful neighbor, the ‘at-a-boy person. Basically I am tired of trying to lead the Spirit instead of being led by the Spirit. We are not (necessarily) called to be anything else but Christians and that is the bottom line. We do not need good people…we need Christians!
If all you want is a little Jesus to “spiritualize” your life, a little extra God to keep you out of hell. you are missing out on the fullness of life you were created for. Not only this, you don’t need the Holy Spirit. You don’t need the Holy Spirit if you are merely seeking to live a semi-moral life and attend church regularly. You can find people of all sorts in many religions doing quite nicely without Him. Chan, p. 122.