Copyright 2006 Roger and Eileen Himes
Do you live a McDonalds type of Christianity? If you do, perhaps you even attend McChurchianity. A lot of Christians live this way. Let me explain. In the corporate business world, McDonalds has revolutionized the fast-food industry, and theyve done it with four business dynamics: (1) quality, (2) service, (3) value, and (4) cleanliness. Any McDonalds you go into will have these four things working together.
This is also how some folks live Christianity! (1) They want to be a quality Christian, by doing things by the book, (2) they try to provide some service in the church, (3) they want to be of value by giving money, and (4) they want to be clean in word and thought and deed. They want to look good. They want to impress God and other people. They want to shine, and show themselves to be good Christians.
Its not bad to do good! But this McDonalds illustration shows how we often confuse doing good with living in unity with God. This happens if our focus is not on the gospel of Jesus. If we are not gospel-focused, then our focus is us, someone else, or something else. The Bible says our focus should be on God, and all he has done not on our McDonalds style of Christianity: quality, service, value, and cleanliness. McChurchianity isnt REAL Christianity.
We should do good rather than bad, but this isnt divine revelation. Its just common sense. But our quality, service, value, and cleanliness does not define Christianity. The gospel says Christianity isnt giving our best; rather it is receiving Gods best. It is not trying to be more like God.
Thats the same sin Eve was seduced by in the Garden of Eden. Were seduced by the same sin when we try to live a type of McDonalds McChurchianity. If our goal is to be more like God, then were just living in the power of the fall. Like Eve, we are living with our eyes on us on how we can be better. This is living a good life, and it is noble, but its not true Christianity. It is simply living a good, religious life.
Living in the gospel means we receive all the good things God has to give us (I Cor 2:12). Like manna, we should receive Gods good things every day. Then we simply share what we have been given with others. As Christians, all that any of us have that is worth anything at all, is the presence of God in us. Everything else is flesh. Gospel life is living in God, and then imparting his presence to others.