The Christian and the Corvette

Real Estate Agent with Midwest Properties

We have all heard the things funny things that people have to say about men who drive sports cars:

"He must be having a midlife crisis"

"He must have a low self esteem"

"He must have small reproductive parts (edited)"

So why do we say these things? The base logic in all of these sayings, is that a man is trying to make up for a weakness in another part of their life by purchasing a car. The car gives them a temporary sense of esteem. Many men tie up their identity in their material possessions. They believe that cool car is somehow going to make people see them differently. Not realizing that they do not want the car at all, instead they want the feelings of importance that they think a sports car will bring.

Now there are some people who buy sports cars not for a sense of identity, but simply because they enjoy driving cars. These people buy a sports car for the experience of driving such a marvelous piece of machinery. Car enthusiast do not buy sport cars for the feelings of importance that they think the car will bring. Instead, they buy for the experience that they will have while driving, just for the pure enjoyment.

From my experience many so called "Christians" are no different than the needy man buying a Corvette so that other's will think he is great. They go to church every Sunday, they know the bible inside and out, they will tell you all about it. But, they do not do it for living the experience of God. Instead they do it so that they can say to other's, "I am a Christian, I go to church, so I am great". They tie their identity and feeling of importance into the label of "Christianity", just as the desperate man ties his identity into his car. These are the Christians who can leave a church service that was about "Letting go of anger" and then go home and scream at their kids, or hurt other people in their lives.

Identity driven Christians are the cancer of God.  Just like cancer ends up killing the only body that keeps it alive, identity driven Christians kill the chance of bringing new people to God. The problem is that identity driven Christians are always the first to let others know just how "Christian" they are. But. when nonbelievers have interactions with these people, they quickly come to the conclusion that "If that's what a Christian is, then I don't want to be Christian". Identity driven Christians do more damage to Christianity than nonbelievers could ever dream of doing.

Another favorite trait of identity driven Christians is to only associate with other Christians. They do not want people in their lives who have different feelings about religion. The sad part is that these are the very people who might be influenced to accept God into their lives, and instead they are ostracized because they are not Christians. One of the goals of a good Christian should be to show nonbelievers the path to God. But, if you choose only to associate with believers, then you will never have that chance.

Its time to start being God enthusiast. We need to start winning over nonbelievers by living the experience of God. Living the experience of God, allows others to see that you are a Christian without you saying a word. From my experience it is nearly impossible to push other people into doing anything. Living the experience of God will allow us to pull other people towards God because they want what God has to offer. They will know what God has to offer, because they can see it in the joy of our lives.  As Realtors we have the rare opportunity of dealing with new people every week. Each new interaction is a perfect opportunity to show others what the God experience is like.

Eric Medemar specializes in Grand Rapids Foreclosures, Grand Rapids Rental Property, and Grand Rapids HUD homes. He and his team handle many Grand Rapids Condos sales as well as Lake Michigan homes, Gun Lake homes sales, and Gull Lake Homes sales


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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County
By our actions we will be known. Being a true follower of Christ goes way beyond the "show."
Dec 08, 2007 11:51 PM #1
Ron Parise - Cape Coral, FL
I always enjoyed the bumper sticker that said  "What would Jesus do?"   If more Christians were to live their faith and do as Jesus would have done then I might be tempted to believe myself. But given the number of Christians in name only that I know, I think I'll stick with my own belief system. one that dosent depend on a god.
Dec 09, 2007 03:18 AM #2
Lola Audu
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Eric, this was an extraordinary post.  You really went to the "heart" of the matter.
Dec 13, 2007 12:59 AM #3
Doreen McPherson
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Eric, This is very true.  People see the judgmental behavior and want nothing to do with Christianity.  I know it’s not what God had in mind.  He gave us the Word and sent Jesus to show us the way, but we still don’t always get it.  The best thing we can do is pray for both sides of the equation to see the Light. 

Have a wonderful Christmas. 

Dec 17, 2007 06:32 PM #4
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