What Good is Christianity, Anyway?

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

II Peter 1:5-7, ESV

 

Have you ever asked yourself this very question? Maybe you or someone you loved was very sick, or going through some sort of difficult struggle. Maybe you were a farmer needing rain, but didn't get it. Maybe you were a heartbroken mother whose child just didn't seem to take to any type of discipline, so they paid the penalty. Maybe you have had something unfair happen to you or maybe you were just having a bad day, but those words just seemed to slip out: "What good is being a Christian if bad things still happen to me?"

 

This is when understanding just what Christianity really is becomes so important. Perhaps an example will help: Imagine that you are a college student about to go off to school. Your dad takes you out and shows you how to change a tire. He shows you where the spare is located, where the jack and lug nut wrench are, and then he practices with you, showing you how to take the old tire off and put the spare on.

 

Armed with this beautiful knowledge, you go merrily on your way to college and enjoy a pretty uneventful life as related to your vehicle... then it happens! You get a flat tire and you are in a hurry and in traffic and just about out of patience. And then you ask yourself, "What good is it to have all of this knowledge about tires if I still get a flat tire anyway?"

 

Do you see the point? Becoming a Christian does not guarantee that you will never be tested. Reading the Word of God does not always prevent the circumstances of life from happening. Becoming a Christian and learning about how God expects us to live allows us to handle all of life's little (and big) problems. Christianity is no more an insurance policy against bad things ever happening anymore than knowing how to change a tire is an insurance policy against ever having a flat tire.

 

Christianity is a way of life and it's principles are meant to be used! So, the next time you ask yourself the question, "What good is Christianity, anyway?", be sure to understand the answer:

None at all... if you don't use it.

Now consider the rest of the inspired verse we began with, as it gives the rest of the story:  

 

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers,[fn] be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.

II Peter 1:8-10, ESV