Christians are territorial. Have you ever noticed this? We often walk around like we’re the *ish* and project a certain air of supremacy or snobbery.
We lay claim to our Christian-y things, like our music, our movies (which generally stink, by the way), our Bible, our worldview, our morals, our churches…
We are not very good at seeing other peoples’ boundaries. We only see our own. Often times, we only operate within our own sphere, but why? Why are we so territorial when it clearly contradicts the Gospel?
Because Jesus belongs to us…us good church going Christians. He doesn’t belong to you worldy, sinning, non-Christians. How could He?
As for church, well if you don’t belong to Jesus you shouldn’t really step inside our church. I mean, it’s ours, reserved for those of us who belong at church. We are pre-approved. You are not. Go grab a seat at the local donut shop.
Now, we would never actually articulate these things out loud. No way. But, we may quietly think them sometimes. We may think that so and so, isn’t really ready for Christ or they wouldn’t make a good Christian, whatever that means.
I am guilty of this. I admit I have looked at individuals and written them off, thinking, based on my ever wise and spiritual insight, that they are not ready to be a Christian. Likewise, I have evaluated people on my own pathetic personal scale and determined, again, in my breadth of wisdom, that they would in fact, make a great Christian. Huh? I know, I’m ashamed to admit it. It’s so lame.
I have even had the audacity to feel a slight tinge of anger or resentment when someone, who is not a Christian, is reading a Bible. “How dare they? That’s my book. They better watch their back.”
Perhaps many believers think subconsciously that they want to protect and preserve Christian-y things for well…Christians, so that they stay Christian-y. We attempt to keep our stuff, our stuff, because we falsely believe that if it was everyone’s stuff it would cease being pure, or holy, or godly.
The problem here is obvious. Nothing belongs to any of us. It’s all His. The Bible, the church, and of course His Son. We cannot and do not have the right, authority, nor ability to protect and keep things “Christian.”
In fact, we are really called to do quite the opposite. We are told to be in the world, not of the world, which requires at least some amount of stepping outside of our self-imposed boundaries and our self-protective bubbles.
Granted, the Christian bubble can be comfortable at times. It can become a cozy, crutch of a bubble and one that we are sometimes reluctant to break out of, but Jesus never had a bubble. Can you imagine? All He did was pop “territorial bubbles.” So, I’m trying to pop the bubble too. Are you?
Are you, like me, guilty of ever, living in a Christian bubble? If yes, how so? Have you ever territorial over your Christianity and your Jesus?