Museum Christians

I had a major revelation while walking through our local aviation museum this afternoon. They had some really cool bi-planes hanging from the ceiling and lots of neat floor displays, but around every one was a “Please do not touch” sign.

I couldn’t help but think of the amazing juxtaposition- what it must have been like for one of those early pilots in a bi-plane compared to me standing in a museum learning about what they did.

They had wind in their face!

They were sailing up and down on wind currents with the roar of an engine and blasts of wind in their face! They could float above the treetops or even crash if they weren’t careful!

My experience of “flight” was standing there in a very, very quiet protected museum.

For them everything was tactile; for me nothing was…

“Please do not touch” said it all.

That is exactly how it is when it comes to God…

Some of us are living it! We’ve got the wind in our face!

And some of us are just watching.

We have no experience, we’re content to read about what others have done or are doing. We read our bible, we have our favorite Christian books and teachers, we show up to church and listen to what others have done and experienced.

We’re museum Christians; we look, but we don’t touch.

How incomprehensibly sad it is!

If God is a living God (and He is) then there should be an EXPERIENCE!

There should be wind in our face, and movement, and some blowing around and sound! How dare we say this dead thing we call being a Christian is the same as really being one.

I couldn’t help but leave that museum thinking of all the wild rides I’ve had with God throughout my life!

And how absolutely dead I’ve also been at various times while also claiming to be a Christian.

The scary thing is, we can get so good at pretending that we believe the lie ourselves. Because we haven’t actually denied Christ and walked away from Him, we think everything’s fine. We’re still breathing, but that’s about it.

We’ll show up at the museum and pretend interest, maybe even truly be interested, but when it comes to actually getting in the bi-plane and going for a real ride, well you know, we wouldn’t want to teeter around among the clouds! God might actually come with thunder and lightning!

It’s enough to know others have gone before us and have done the scary stuff.

Is this what the bible’s talking about when we read about being lukewarm and complacent? I kind of think so.

“I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.” -Rev 3:1

Lots of people go to the museum.

So many of us are museum Christians that we think that being one is actually normal.

It’s not.

For me, visiting that museum really put things into perspective.

Is my spiritual life more alive or dead?

Is it more like a museum or is there wind in my face?

If there’s wind in my face, how hard is it blowing?