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.
Another word similar to the word passionate is emotional.
Emotional– Relating 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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?
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.
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What are your thoughts?