Thursday, July 21st, 2011
For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
Hebrews 5:13 (NKJV)
As many know, I became a committed Christian at the age of 51--a rescued, flag-waving, cheerleading follower of Christ. Of surprise to me was how some lifelong Christians viewed my boldness. They were uncomfortable, and I didn't understand why they weren't excited.
Their shyness began to make sense to me when reading about baby Christians. Growing up in a Christian home carries huge advantages. Christian kids are 'rich kids' with a golden spoon in their mouths, living in a house of love.
But rich kids face a temptation to become spoiled. When wealth surrounds anyone, it can be hard to understand poverty, abuse, or depression. Who wants to go there? It's easier to hang with the home folks. Is this why Jesus chose poverty?
When well-meaning Christian parents shield their kids from the world's challenges, some of their kids never grow up. They may surely go to Heaven, but who will they take with them? What will be their fruit?
Many Christian scholars believe we are in the end-of-end times. What does this mean for milk-fed Christians who have never eaten tough foods, never left home, or never grown strong enough to shoulder others' burdens?
If anything will mature a spoiled child, it is journeying into a challenging world. Note the story of the Prodigal Son.
Actors, models, and talent for Christ enter a mission field of epochal influence: media that reaches hundreds of millions of people. I applaud you. By going out into this world, you are honoring the great commission of Jesus.
You are growing up into His kingdom. As a celebrity, you are inviting others to follow you.