When we go to the ballpark, it’s almost a requirement to get a burger or hotdog. Sure, the taste might carry an odd resemblance to cardboard (especially if you let it get cold at all). Yeah, you can almost feel the grease instantly transforming into fat around your waist. We even understand that eating this food could set in motion some future tummy issues. But again, getting a burger or dog is a tradition! It’s somehow become part of the stadium experience.
It is for these stomach-churning reasons that the “higher quality” options can look so appealing inside the stadium. At the last professional game I attended, a particular hotdog stand did just this. Proudly proclaimed on the stand were the words “Mostly Organic.” This immediately raised some questions. What part of this food isn’t organic? Could the non-organic part be something bad or harmful? Why even make this claim at all? The only reason a food stand like this is appealing at all is because most of the other stadium food is at a quality level even some farm animals would turn their noses up to.
The problem is, when we are surrounded by such terrible options, the “higher quality” options stand out dramatically. This is true with stadium food, this is true with morals, and this can even be true with people who claim to be Christians. This isn’t good enough.
Imagine if we took this stance with our spiritual lives. Is it going to suffice if we are “Mostly Christian”? Is God going to be happy if we are “Mostly Followers” of His? Would it be good enough for us to be “Mostly Pure”? The answer is a resounding, “No!”
Consider what Christ called the greatest commandment of all, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind” (Luke 10:27; Matthew 22:36-40). It’s impossible to read these words and walk away with a mentality that God expects anything from us except for our all.
In a world that continually offers more and more filthy spiritual options, it’s becoming harder not to settle morally. The point here is not that we must be perfectly sinless (Romans 3:23), but that in our spiritual lives we must never settle for being something that is “hopefully good enough for God.”
We must be willing to ask ourselves some hard, honest questions. Where do I sit right now? Am I continent being “Mostly Christian,” or am I dedicated to presenting the Lord with my all?
Never settle for being “Mostly Christian.”