Christianity Found Difficult, Not Tried

A good friend posted a quote from G.K. Chesterton that really started me to think.  Chesterton wrote, “Christianity has not been ‘tried and found wanting;’ it has been found difficult and not tried.”

Several years ago, someone who used to be a close friend invited me to attend the United Methodist Church. Got to admire that’s person’s pluck, inviting a Church of Christ preacher like that. But what that person said after the invitation really stuck in my mind. “I think you’ll find the Methodist Church to be much less restrictive than the Church of Christ,” the person said.

Well, you see, living the Christian life is not a matter of having life easier or less restrictive. I don’t believe that if anyone ever had an opportunity to speak to Christians who were persecuted by Rome and died in the arena if they wanted to become involved with something “less restrictive.” I think Christianity is, itself, restrictive because we need it like that.

Imagine a religion that requires or asks nothing or refuses to require devotion and dedication. That’s not religion, is it? If religion is supposed to make us better people, then it is going to have to require its adherents to obey its commands.

Chesterton was right that “Christianity… has been found difficult and not tried.” Because obedience to God’s commands is not easy, there will be many who will not want to try it. But, because many will not try it, many will be lost eternally.

Most of us know the really important things are not easy. Doing what the Bible says is not easy, but it is worth doing because only obeying God can make better, saved people.