Every major religion on earth is a 24/7 religion except the western, Christian church. Muslims, for example, live, breathe, dress, and surround their lives with their faith. Everything they do, includes their faith. On the other hand, most "Christians" in the western world hide their faith in a room, only to meet up with it, one day a week, during a Sunday morning church service. All the remaining days of the week, they return to their secular jobs and never bring Christ with them. Moreover, the Christian church has become distracted; focusing on arguing about doctrine and faith rather than the life Jesus commands us to live.
If we look back to the Old Testament, God's people were living out the ways of God in a 24/7 community called Israel (This is how Dean describes it). What's happened since then? Yes, Jesus came and died on the cross for our salvation, but He didn't say, "Now that you're saved, don't worry about the way you live." Do you believe the only reason Jesus came was to die on the cross for our salvation? If yes, why was He on earth, living as a human being for 30+ years? I believe Jesus was here for all those years to set an example of how we need to live our lives. If Jesus' only purpose was our salvation, I think God would have finished His mission much quicker.
Are you aware that millions of people in the world drive by church buildings everyday; see the cross, know what it represents, have heard the gospel, but still do not care? It's true. There are still many people who do not care about the gospel!
I think people don't care because they don't see a difference with "Christians." All they see are people who go to church, fill there heads with "nonsense," and return to their normal lives. The point I'm trying to make is this: following Christ is about training your LIFE, not your head. The truth of God and the gospel of Christ is all about life! Jesus said, " I have come that they may have life, and life to the full" - John 10:10. Isn't it strange that most people in the secular world, when they see something that doesn't parallel the Christian life will say, "I thought you were a Christian?" Somehow, even the secular world can see that being a Christian is about the life! If we were to live a true Christian life, we would be attractive. I believe that is when people would care. They would see a difference if we lived how Christ exemplified. Not only would they care, but I think they would begin to wonder... What do you think?
In John 1:4, it says, "In him was life, and that life was the light of men." Not only is the light in Jesus, but when he died, Jesus left us a gift. He gave us the Holy Spirit. He left his spirit to dwell in us! Ultimately, that means we (Christians) are to live in the spirit, like Christ, so we may be a light for the world! Being a Christian is about the mission Jesus left in our hands. Unfortunately, we spend too much time arguing the faith, when we should be showing and supporting the life!
I say all this to motivate you. If you have accepted Jesus as the Lord of your life, you have the Spirit of God, the creator of the entire universe, living inside you! This is good news! This means that you can be a light to the world! Now I'm asking you... Can you improve the way you represent Christ and the life he promises?