SAFE DISTANCE CHRISTIANITY
Recently, I was potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus. This meant that I needed to be in quarantine for 2 weeks – no close contact with any human or even my dog, Bo. My wife and Bo stayed with her mom next door (Yes, I live next door to my mother-in-law).
It was a very strange time as my wife and daughters could talk to me through a window, but they had to stay a safe distance from me. And although it was good to see them and speak to them, it was also frustrating as I couldn’t hold them or hug them. I desired to be closer to them rather than the casual conversation and relationship that we were forced to endure.
It left me wondering if this is how my Heavenly Father feels about me. It can be easy for us to slip into “Safe Distance Christianity”. We may attend church on the weekends, but maybe we hesitate in getting close enough to allow God to hold us and hug us like He so desires. We settle for window conversations rather than up close and personal.
Maybe we practice Safe Distance Christianity because if we get too close to God, He may reveal to us our faults and ask us to change. He may ask us to get more involved and to serve. He may want us to tell others about Him (Remember Pray for One). He may expect us to read the Bible and to pray. So, we stay a safe distance away.
In Matthew 22:37, Jesus tells us the kind of relationship that he wants with us:
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”
God doesn’t want a safe distance relationship with us, he wants ALL of our heart, soul, and mind.
Jesus came so that we could have a rich and satisfying life (John 10:10). That rich and satisfying life happens in a close contact relationship with God and not in Safe Distance Christianity.