Why Should I Stay a Christian?

Stay or Go?

Stay or Go?Occasionally, I take a look at the web searches that led people to this blog. I just find it interesting. One recent search I can’t get out of my head: “Why Should I Stay a Christian?” What a question! That got me thinking of how I might respond to that question. It strikes me that “Why should I stay a Christian?” is different than “Should I become a Christian?”

The searcher probably won’t check back here. But, just in case, here’s a paragraph or two. Feel free to add some of your own thoughts.

To you whom God loves:

I don’t know your story. I don’t know what’s causing you to consider leaving the Faith behind. I do know others who’ve asked the same question for a variety of reasons–and who knows–all or one of them may be yours. I know that often it’s the behavior of those claiming to be Jesus’ people. Sometimes it’s not understanding why God let those awful things happen to you. It might be a sense of failure at beating that addiction, or because the cost of discipleship seems too great right now.

I’ve had some of those same questions over the years–but one primary conviction has kept me tethered to the cross: the belief that Jesus is Lord. If you don’t believe that any more, than you aren’t a Christian any more. That’s what Christianity is about, first and foremost. Christianity is first about how you answer the question from Jesus: “Who do you say I am?” I believe Jesus is Lord. That is why I’m still a Christian–and hope to God you’ll remain one as well.

If you’re wondering whether He is, you’re like many who first heard Him preach. Keep listening. However, if you believe He is Lord, the best advice I can give you is to draw near to Him. He will draw near to you. Stand again at the foot of the cross and the empty tomb. Remember the stuggles of Christ’s disciples and how He overcame them. Remember His words. Remember Him.

If you believe Jesus is Lord, trust Him as you did at first. Surround yourself with other followers of Jesus who can walk through this with you. But, don’t give up. Remember that God will not allow you to be tempted above what you can bear. So, resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). If Jesus is Lord, He’s always worth all your life. 

What might you add?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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5 thoughts on “Why Should I Stay a Christian?

  1. That is the exact search that led me to this blog. I’ve been raised in the faith. To me, there’s no justifying that my favorite people on this earth who I feel will truly work their hardest to make the world a better place are all not Christians. The fact that God is not clawing at my soul in a way I can perceive is not my problem. My dad tells me all the time to “truly” read the Bible and pray more. He’s as convinced as you are that as long as I do Christianity correctly, I’ll want to keep doing Christianity. It’s circular reasoning; reading the Bible and praying has done nothing for me compared to talking to my struggles about kids that are fine with not knowing the truth because they’re open-minded to change. Your God doesn’t change, but the world does, and reading an old book and talking to my ceiling hasn’t done jack for me. I don’t know how to break my parents’ hearts, but the family pressure to stay in the faith is an unfair reason for me to keep believing. I don’t even know how to decide what I believe since everything’s been spoon-fed to me my whole life. Reading the Bible isn’t gonna help me find myself. It works for some people, but it seems less and less to me like the objective Truth it claims to be.

  2. I don’t know about the above post. I can’t find any evidence to continue in the faith. I have been a Christian for ten years, but I can’t find any logical reason to continue. People are starving to death and at the same time church buildings are getting bigger and pastors are getting richer. Besides that anytime something illogical and beyond the laws of physics of biology happens in the bible it is explained away by “with God all things are possible” I can’t accept that anymore. What about all the other religions who claim that their God is the on true God? what if I am wrong and I chose the wrong faith? or denomination within Christianity? I am really struggling to find the truth. I have asked God to prove himself to me with no reply. If I am precious in his sight why won’t he answer me? I have been led to believe that I have value to him but he will not show himself in a tangible way and from the preaching I have heard on the subject he never will because it’s prideful on my part to ask such a thing. If you have any ideas on this struggle I am going through please let me know.
    Thank you