Ex-Fox News reporter, Brit Hume, came under fire this weekend for some comments he made in regards to the Tiger Woods situation. Reading an article on this I found a great quote from Hume from a previous article in 2008:
“If a person is a Christian and tries to face up to the implications of what you say you believe, it’s a pretty big thing. If you do it part time, you’re not really living it.”
Now there are two great truths in that statement:
1) Living the Christian life is not easy. I think sometimes in our Gospel presentations we present a view of the Christian life that makes it seem like life is an effortless journey of constant happiness. The disciples and countless other martyrs I’m sure would say it’s 100% worth it, but it’s not easy. There are implications.
2) Living the Christian life is all-encompassing. It should permeate every moment of our lives, ever action, every interaction, every relationship, etc. This notion of Christianity is great when I “need” it or when the church schedule dictates is dangerous. It leads to frustration as well as a world that sees many, many hypocrites.
Now I don’t have either one of these things down. It is a struggle to fight through the times when life isn’t easy. It’s a struggle to fight against separating Christ from other parts of my life. Grace covers all of that, but by this same grace, we have responsibilities and a role to play in being light in a dark world.