We Can’t Be Passionate Christians

Just wanted to add this quick note. This post is NOT referring to the positives of having passion, especially when referring to being zealous for Christ. Rather, this post is to focus on critical reasons of why are we being passionate, and the unfortunate reason in most cases. 

Quite a title right? I asked my mom what she thought of the title, and it made her think.

Please bear with me 🙂 and hear me out first, if you’re questioning or curious about the title of today’s post.

As I’m working on another blog post, I gave a small disclaimer about how we cannot be passionate Christians as it leads to debates and arguments. Just last night I had read a scripture talking about us not to be passionate and then find myself today seeing how we as believers become way too passionate about things.

God’s hand has been all over this, and I feel compelled to share with you what He’s shown me.

Passionate- showing or caused by strong feelings or strong belief. 

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Another word similar to the word passionate is emotional.

EmotionalRelating to a person’s strong emotion, arousing or characterized by intense feeling. 

(NIV) Titus 1:07, “Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless–not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.”

It may sound odd to hear me say, “We shouldn’t be passionate Christians,” but this was something recently I’ve been thinking of. In the scripture above, some versions have switched out quick-tempered/anger to passionate.

Let’s be honest, most times when Christians become passionate it is not because of our focus being completely centered on Christ Himself. Instead, our focus is on the law, rules, commandments, and how other people should act like Christ.

If we disagree with someone, we shouldn’t rebuke in anger/feelings. 

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I’ve talked about this in my Job post. Job’s friends constantly rebuked him and got quite passionate when Job tried to talk to them, telling them their assumptions were wrong.

Sound familiar?

The issue with being passionate about Christ as a Christian is that passion is not consistent.

To say, “I’m passionate about Christ,” may not actually mean what the person saying it thinks it means. To say we are passionate is basically saying, “I’m emotional about Christ. I’m unstable about Christ. I get heated about Christ.”

These are all problems.

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Christ’s Anger?

I understand some may say, “Well, Christ got angry.”

Yes, He did get angry…basically once. His anger fulfilled prophesy, and His anger was directed at the fact of how the temple of God was being treated.

What He did in the church wasn’t anything we wouldn’t see a prophet in the Old Testament do. I can easily see David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, or Moses, as an example, do these same things. The priests, the Levities, somewhere along the way forgot what it meant to serve God, and it became about man and money.

Keep the place of the Lord holy, which is extremely symbolic of the fact there was a heart issue in God’s people, that’s why Christ came.

Related Post: Where Is The Temple Of God Now? 

It was directed at a group’s action, not at specific individuals. It was also directed at something that had been a problem in the church for centuries.

He flipped over tables, and He did chase out those who handled money (buying and selling). And we know we can be angry without sinning.

But let’s be real about this, how many times are WE Christlike in our anger?

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When He did this it wasn’t because He knew He was making a difference or had all eyes on Him. He didn’t care about that at all.

For Christ, this reaction was an instinct, not a decision, and I don’t believe many of us can say that when we are angry. We struggle with the temptation to let our anger rule over us, and more often then not, this is seen with believers.

We can’t use Christ’s anger as justification for our own anger in a passionate state of feelings or sensitivities we experience as believers.

We are to be Christlike, but we aren’t Him. He conquered temptation. He never sinned. He walked in complete holiness.

We, on the other hand, do not have such credentials, and we need to be humble about this. We have quite a way to go in this world.

(NIV) Colossians 3:13, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

(NIV) Colossians 3:14, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

(NIV) Colossians 3:15, “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”


Update: After listening to everyone, I have covered what it means to have Christlike passion, you can read it here.

Post Suggestion | We Need Christlike Passion, Not Worldly Passion


What are your thoughts? 

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64 thoughts on “We Can’t Be Passionate Christians

  1. I really liked your post, T.R. Noble. I liked when you said, “…when Christians become passionate it is not because of our focus being completely centered on Christ Himself. Instead, our focus is on the law, rules, commandments, and how other people should act like Christ.

    If we disagree with someone, we shouldn’t rebuke in anger/feelings.

    When we become passionate for Christ, but it’s the anger that is the fuel; we aren’t really passionate for Christ so much as that we are angry at the person for “not following the laws and rules set in the Bible” This is why I feel we as Christians are so “scorned” because we come at people with a “You Must do this…” type attitude.

    We can’t be like that, in order to truly draw others to Christ, we have to first look within ourselves and see that it’s really pride that is taking the wheel; not God. We have to let God take the wheel in order for lives to be transformed by God.

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    1. You are absolutely right! Often times when being in a state of passion is for a Christian is not a place we need to be. And yes, so many are passionate about sinners and sins while rebuking and pointing the finger. Thank you for your in depth comment, I agree with everything!

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  2. I think I look at passion with a different perspective. I don’t think it is necessarily wrong in itself but we have to go beyond the emotion it creates and examine the motive behind it. I think of Paul and the love of Christ constraining him to speak the gospel. If the love of Christ motivates our passion that would make it consistent with who He is. Thought provoking post.

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    1. Yes, I understand the other form of passion which is why I was really looking at the word. I think you described it perfectly with the love of Christ. I think people confuse passion for having the love of Christ. One is consistent, the other not so much. You’re right it is what is behind it. What stirs us in the first place. 🙂

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      1. 🙂 thank you for the compliment! This post did well in the fact, even if people disagree partially, I completely understand where they are coming from, and there is no ill will toward anyone. 🙂 I love the discussions.

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  3. T. R. – I looked up the word passionate in the thesaurus, and the first three words it brought up were fervent, ardent, and zealous. I immediately identified these three words with three different scriptures:

    “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.” Rom. 12:9-13 NASB

    “But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever.” 2 Co. 7:6-7 NIV

    “The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, ‘Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for Your house will consume me.’” Jn. 2:13-17 NASB

    The word “passionate,” thus, can have a positive meaning and a negative meaning. I believe we need more Christians passionate about their faith in Jesus Christ, in the good sense of the word, being fervent in spirit, fervent in love for one another, showing ardent concern one for the other, and demonstrating zeal for Christ’s body, his temple, his church (not the building, but the people). Paul often expressed such passion for the saints of God, and at one time he expressed how he was jealous for them with a godly jealousy because he was concerned that they might be led astray from their pure devotion to Christ.

    Yet, I also sympathize with your concerns that you expressed, for I have similar concerns over seeing so many Christians getting into fights with one another over differences of doctrine, traditions, religious practices and differences of politics, etc. And, they can get downright nasty with one another. I have seen this on Facebook and on Christian discussion sites lots! A few years ago, in fact, I had a couple of Christians on Facebook calling for my death (one of them wanting me burned at the stake) because they didn’t like something I believed, even thought it was completely biblical. So, I agree with you that Christians should not be hot-headed or passionate in the bad way. In fact, I have ardent concern over that situation.

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    1. Yes, exactly 🙂 it’s not so much I don’t think passionate can’t have positivity, as other bloggers have stated. But my concern definitely comes from the fact of believers believing they can be passionate in any sense because of Christ exhibiting His anger.

      There is a lot of ignorance in the many of today’s believers and a clinging to hide behind words, misunderstood scriptures, and use them as crutches, especially when believers jump on their own bandwagon proclaiming what they believe to be right, but isn’t Christlike or Biblical.

      I think it’s easier to discuss which directions we shouldn’t go first before we discuss the ways we can go, so to speak. Otherwise, believers tend to listen to half or a quarter of the lesson and once they hear the signal, “Go,” they leave all too soon, not prepared, and not full of the spirit of love, which above all we need, and Christ was drenched in.

      Thank you for sharing the scriptures, and other words similar to passionate 🙂 as always, I love our discussions!

      But I’m so sorry people are misled in their walk, thinking their words are Biblical.

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  4. “Let’s be honest, most times when Christians become passionate it is not because of our focus being completely centered on Christ Himself. Instead, our focus is on the law, rules, commandments, and how other people should act like Christ.”

    This is so true – true for all humanity. Passion drives our sense of justice but like you say we tend to take our focus off of Jesus and instead go about “passionately” trying to change others on his behalf. The word “passion” can seem purposeful except when it’s hiding judgement and pride. Great post and really interesting and thoughtful perspective. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I think it’s easy for us to focus on the positive side of passion, I know I certainly have. I just kept feeling prodded to talk about the side of passion I see many believers use for justification of actions. I completely agree with you!

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  5. I do see so many Christians take up offense with each other, especially over senseless arguments that only cause the devil to have a foothold. But I also am surrounded by passive Christians who don’t seem to care about anything anymore. They could use some passion. And being too zealous? No one I know could ever be accused of this. I was curious about your post because I have been praying that I would be filled with more passion, be able to feel deeply about the people I care most about, be filled with the kind of zeal exhibited in the Old Testament, especially by Phineas. I desire to have “Though None go with me Faith.” Some people I know care so little about anything all they do is shrug their shoulders and look half asleep. I regularly start conversations with people I know will disagree with me so that the conversation will at least be meaningful. I would rather disagree respectfully with someone than fall asleep with people who always agree or simply don’t care. How about it?

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    1. By no means was this post meant to stop people from wanting to take the positives of what passionate could refer to, especially in relating to other words like being zealous. 🙂 The focus of this post was to point out we need to make sure we are accountable in our anger and the source of our passion. In many cases, like you spoke of, passion is not used because of our zeal for Christ but it is used through confusion/anger/justification, feelings that happen on the spot. That was the direction I wanted the focus to be on. I like digging beyond the surface of what many believers talk about, and I too like discussion and conversation. It is very easy for people to tune out each other, especially when their spirits are pricked, and they don’t want to reconsider their ways. That’s one of the reasons behind this post. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!!!

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  6. Good things to think about. What I think of compassion, I think of how Jesus was moved with compassion to heal people, like Lazarus. I realize my own compassion can actually be a feeling that doesn’t reflect what moved Him to engage and interact with people on an intimate level, causing no harm, but bringing about the greatest good.

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    1. Yes! I’m glad you brought this up because as I was writing this, I too was thinking of compassion. Compassion is very different than the version of passion I wrote of, but it can be so powerful. Praise Jesus for His heart for us.

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  7. Thank you, this entry is very thought-provoking. I believe we have all been invited to undertake a spiritual journey with Christ — and that no two journeys will be exactly alike. In truth, I envy Christians who are passionate about their faith. For years my spiritual journey stagnated because I was not passionate enough. But I agree that Christians must be careful not to judge or become intolerant of other believers who travel a different path to Christ or to whom the Holy Spirit touches differently. Only God is in a position to judge another and know what’s in their heart.

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    1. Amen! I agree completely! I believe too we all have different journeys. There is a form of passion that definitely is good and we should aim to have our spirit stirred. Don’t worry about others 🙂 comparing ourselves is really hard and we can easily add burdens on our shoulders, that weren’t there before. Thank you for being honest about it. God comes as a whisper sometimes and having a humble heart is one of the best ways to hear Him ❤ When I struggle, I try to remember that.

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 I know this post was challenging for many and some struggled to see the direction I was going (which is why I added the disclaimer). I hope that clarified things for those not sure. I’m glad you liked the post.

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  8. Just remember that Jesus got angry twice….he cleared the temple two times, but I like what you have going here. People are going to follow Jesus because they see a Christian living a higher quality life than they are. People follow Christ because a trusted individual speaks to them about it and guides their journey to faith. Fewer and fewer people are doing that today and our faith is in real danger of being diluted.

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    1. I definitely understand Christ got angry 🙂 , which I talked about a little bit, and that’s also why I gave a disclaimer for this post. I don’t want people to misunderstand, there isn’t anything wrong with having the right kind of passion for Christ.

      But the problem is most times we are passionate it isn’t for the right reasons. As humans, who often fall into temptations, we can be quite heated about things we probably shouldn’t be. We are warned in James about the power of the tongue and often when we see believers being passionate forests are being burned (so to speak) because what comes out of the mouth isn’t Christlike.

      I completely agree with our faith being diluted! Absolutely! Watering down the truth is not part of holiness in any way, shape, or form.

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    1. Thank you so much! I feel that is where people have misunderstood this post. When we get angry, when we get riled up, it usually has to do with our feelings, which would be self. Definitely.

      And thank you so much for following 🙂 that’s very kind of you.

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  9. While I enjoyed your post, what would a passionate Christian look like who is passionate for the things Christ was? Passion for the least of these, passionate in love, in forgiveness, in mercy? Maybe we’ve just forgotten what Christian passion looks like?

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    1. 🙂 I agree with you. I think Christians passionate in this areas, it is more of an inward passionate, shown on the outside with gentleness. It’s clear to everyone around this person is caring, gentleness is shown, being Christlike moves this person.

      My post was focused on the one side of passion we need to be weary of as Christians.

      🙂 thanks for your input. I agree, I think most believers don’t know what passion is in reference to being Christlike. Passion, in many circumstances is temperamental and emotional.

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    2. Oh, you know what, I just had the idea that I think passionate Christians, especially in reference to the least of these, would probably be seen as advocates. 🙂 Just like Christ advocated for the poor.

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    3. I wanted to thank you for commenting. I’ve been contemplating writing a second post to this for clarification, and then exploring, like you’ve discussed, the passion we should have as Christians. I just finished writing the post, and it will appear tomorrow.

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  10. So much truth! It was tough to pick just one quote, but I love this one—“Let’s be honest, most times when Christians become passionate it is not because of our focus being completely centered on Christ Himself. Instead, our focus is on the law, rules, commandments, and how other people should act like Christ.” The “Jesus got angry, too!” justification goes right along with it. The underlying point is that people justify their own rash judgement and lack of humble self-control this way.

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    1. Amen! You got it exactly, Lily!!!! The second post follows the love chapter. Since people wanted to discuss the proper way to be passionate I went to the source which is love. We can be passionate like Christ when our passion reflects all forms of love. It may not be what most people thought but it did calm people down and gave Jesus the focus 🙂

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