Are You A Church-Goer or a Christian

The church is full of “the guy on the left.” What we need is more of “the guy on the right.”

Which one are you?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Marie says:

    Wow. Think of how comfortable more people would be if we were like the guy on the right. Our lives should be an act of worship, not just our actions and appearance.

  2. Don says:

    trey-
    I love the parody (MAC/PC) Those are one of the few commercials I will actually watch. It took me listening to the “PC” guy twice before I could get that “fish sticker”. We call that a gig where I come from (joking).

    I suppose I can say proudly that by the grace of God and through personal dumb luck… I am neither one. I’m not the “official” Church goer or the ambiguous reincarnation of this “Jesus” who exists only in my own mind.

    You know the funny thing about the suits versus sweats people? Both kinds of people still think the clothes “makes” the Christian. Purposely not wearing a suit can be just as insincere as wearing one.

  3. Anonymous says:

    that is funny, well-done

    I agree with don though about casual attire. some are proud of the fact they don’t dress up. that seems wierd.

    bb

  4. David of Frogtown says:

    Excellent video.
    I like the new photo at the top too. Is that Texas or Kansas?

  5. Baptist Man says:

    I’ve met my fair share of “guys on the left,” but I think we have to be careful about putting down the guy who dresses nice and carries a Bible to church.

    Since when is the goal of the church to make people comfortable? When Jesus and the disciples “did church,” they were put to death. I don’t think their goal was to make people comfortable. I wonder how much people REALLY want to be like Jesus today. If they realized that it might get them killed, they might think twice about it. Perhaps that’s why most Christians aren’t as much like Jesus as they think they are. (2 Timothy 3:12) Just a thought…

  6. Chris says:

    I haven’t watched the video yet, but will do so tonight. My comments are based entirely on the title and the thoughts it brought to my mind.

    I think I know the point Trey is making. Too many people are caught up in the “LOOK” of a Christian rather than the “LIFE” of one. Christianity to many is nothing more than being at the building when the doors are opened, dressing the part and carrying a Bible. Some have even taken this a step further and can quote half of the verses in the Bible.

    Christianity is more than LOOKS, and being seen of men. It is more than robes and verses displayed on your forehead. Jesus said Christianity is being a neighbor to one who is hurting, giving water to the thirsty, helping those who are sick and so on. Christianity is a life of love and service — loving God with all of our being and serving our fellowman.

    Now, having said all of that, let me also point out that I agree that sweatpant and short wearers can be just as smug and self-righteous in not dressing up as others are in doing so.

    BUT, when we focus on those things to either extreme, we miss the focus of who we should be, who we are. And, we have missed the focus on many issues in the church because we have majored in minors and overlooked the weightier matters of the law of Christ.

    And, in my opinion, it seems that suit wearers are less likely to admit failure in this regards than are those who wear sweats. It also seems to be the case that those who wear sweats are more willing to confess sin in their lives than those who wear suits.

    Good thing Jesus came to be a savior to the sick, rather than a tailor to the righteous.

    Trey, do you want me to go back inside? Or, can I remain outside playing with the rest of you?

  7. Robert D. Lukenbill, III says:

    Good comments by everyone and I concur mostly. I think most people want to slap that guy on the left in the mouth (although I have never seen a guy like that at a congregation I have attended with that type of haughty attitude).

    Talking about the clothes people wear….I think the disciples in the first century just came as themselves. They did not try to be one particular model or another. When they did try to cater to a richer taste they had the apostle James come down on them in the book of James.

    So clearly God is looking for a Christian who is not ascetically bound, but rather free to do the work of Jesus…compare to 1 Peter 1 were we are to be holy as he is holy.

  8. Anonymous says:

    “And, in my opinion, it seems that suit wearers are less likely to admit failure in this regards than are those who wear sweats. It also seems to be the case that those who wear sweats are more willing to confess sin in their lives than those who wear suits.”

    sometimes stereotypes are rooted in something, and off the top of my head, I might even agree…but why would we say that, what evidence suggests this??

    brian

  9. lisa leichner says:

    Off the top of my head, I have a lot of thoughts on that video, so while I’ll try not to ramble too much, bear with my train of thought.

    I think it all comes down to attitude, respect to God, faithfulness, etc. — not what we’re wearing. We might be more like the “churchgoer” guy. Or we might look down on people who are more comfortable like that. Some dress in suits & ties because that’s the way they were brought up, and it would make them uncomfortable to dress any other way. Whichever one we are, we need to not look down on the other.

    The churchgoer guy was not necessarily in the wrong (though his attitude was really annoying!) — remember, this is an exaggerated effort to show two sides. Most people who grew up in the church would be able to relate to the churchgoer, but like Robert above, I haven’t seen many who are quite that haughty about it. I worry that so many in my generation and younger are critical of the suit-wearing, Bible-studying, scripture-memorizing, church-going Christian. But those things in and of themselves are not the enemy — it’s when we falsely believe that they are what save us that’s the enemy. Are teens today being taught to have a “whatever” attitude in the church? We need to avoid that extreme as well!

    When I was 10 or so, I was dubbed Miss Memory Verse at camp because during our Bible buzzer game I always buzzed before they even asked the multiple choice question & opted instead to say one of the memory verses I had stored, because you got more points that way. I am not still the memorizing champ I was in my younger years, but to me at the time, that was giving my all. I soaked in what the Bible teachers taught us, I memorized scripture, I dressed in my prettiest dresses, because that was giving my best to God. Some of my peers teased me about that. I realize now those things aren’t what save me, but they are avenues of having a closer relationship with Christ.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is, as long as you’re not disrespectful to God or to fellow Christians, you should do what you’re comfortable with (attire and Bible bowl games, etc.) and give God your all. AND we should not be looking down on others who are giving their all, but in a different way.

  10. Neva says:

    While it is true, it takes more than dress to be a christian, I also believe there is a certain amount of respect that goes with worship. I am not saying you have to be decked out but I am saying worship shouldn’t be an afterthought, like we were able to fit it in between soccer and our workout. It is not the dress of the christian that is offensive, it is the attitude. A good suit and tie cannot cover up a bad attitude. I believe we should give God respect in our dress, our attitudes and our behaviors. Interpret that as you will.
    peace
    neva

  11. brian says:

    this is what is called a false dichotomy.
    these two people are not the only two options.

    some christians like to honor God with their dress, study the Bible seriously and still are aware of new people in the neighborhood and humble about all of it.

    some dress more casual, study the bible seriously, and are more introverted and may not go visit a new person in the neighborhood or even at the assembly.

    some dress up, but don’t study/read the bible much at all

    etc. and so on…

    brian

  12. Neva says:

    Preach on, Brian

    peace
    neva

  13. TREY MORGAN says:

    Hi guys – been on the road today. Big town of Lubbock. About 5+ hours of driving. arg. Made the mistake of taking Mr. Cooper (my 5 year old) with me. We’ve officially changed his name to Mr. Car-Sick. Poor kid sick all the way there and all the way home.

    I was sad that I missed my friend MG who does all the great street ministry. Next time, bro Mike.

    You guys are awesome. I’ve spent the last 20 minutes pouring over the comments about the video. So many of you brought out things I’d never thought of (ie. Baptist Man). Some of you made me laugh too (ie. Don).

    David of Frogtown – would you believe that is FAR from Texas and Kansas. Try Madagasgar. Really.

    Chris – Yea, Chris has come back out to play. Glad you’re here. I’ve missed you.

    Robert – I think I’d like to slap him too. ha

    Brian – as for suit wears, do you think the suits are more those who grew up in the church?

    Ms Memory Verse – Loved your comment. You summed it up very well. You did a great job of thinking your ideas through.

    Neva – I think you summed it up exactly the way I saw it the first time.

    And Brandon I know it was a tough decision … they had stuck up people, but they also had “chicks.” Hum … I think you made the right choice. (Smile)

  14. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Brandon,
    Sorry about the ibs.
    k

  15. TREY MORGAN says:

    Brandon … I agree with “the preacher’s house – I’m sorry about it too.

  16. MESSIANIC GENTILE says:

    Trey,

    THANX!!!

    Thank you for visiting Lubbock and helping the street ministry. It felt like Christmas in May. I was visited by Santa Claus and did not see him.

    And for that I am sorry. I wish we could have met. Next time… And I hope it will be soon.

    The things you left in Lubbock are wonderful. I cannot believe all the stuff! Free for the asking! Praise God.

    As for the video…

    I did not actually watch this one. I have seen some from this series before. And I am pretty much with Don on this one.

    In fact, I too think it is a false dichotomy. I’m not so sure that either option really exists, or if they do that they really represent full blown trends. And I wonder if we don’t build such strawmen to wage our arguments with. What you wear can only be important when we make a deal out of it either way.

    Perhaps I should watch the video before commenting on it… Naaa.

    But, again, thanks for the visit! You have helped me tremendously. I will post on the developments on the street over the summer. Keep your eyes open for it.

    Jesus is Lord!

  17. TREY MORGAN says:

    PS – Did anyone catch the 728b reference?

  18. brian says:

    trey,
    I noticed the 728b which confirmed this was a church of Christ production…

    brian

  19. lisa leichner says:

    Yeah, what’s wrong with 728b? I like that song, it just has a different number now.

  20. David says:

    Jesus loved everyone, even the unloveable. That’s my hope. I used to get annoyed at my now grown boys (sorry, men) (both ACU grads) because they wore sandals and tee shirts to church. Even was annoyed with my son because he didn’t bow his head during prayer. My two sons have taught me more about worship and praise than I can ever repay them. Suits, jeans, tattered clothes. It doesn’t matter. What matters is the heart!! Love the video.

  21. TREY MORGAN says:

    David – I think you said it better than anybody so far. Thanks for sharing what you learned. As a dad of two teenage boys I needed to hear that. 😉

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