Why do some people think of religion like a sentimental blanket? They pick it up from time to time, especially at important points in their life and they pretend like it means something in their everyday lives. But when that crucial point in their life is past they toss the blanket aside and let it slump in the corner. If you don’t really believe in it, why act like you do?
If you don’t believe the things Jesus Christ preached, if you don’t do the things he commanded, why would you invoke his name when you get married or when you bury a relative? Why would you completely ignore what Jesus said? Isn’t that just like slapping him in the face? You’re completely twisting religion to make yourself feel comfortable. It’s like a blanket with holes in it. What’s the point?
I guess I don’t understand why you’d want to be so obviously lukewarm about something like that. I mean, the least you could do is fake it and act like Jesus actually means something in your life. But if at the wedding you invoke Jesus’ name and read the passages in the Bible about love and marriage, but at the reception you get plastered — what are you doing? You’ve got a plank in your eye. You’re not completely opposed to Christ and you’re not completely on his side. You’re not cold and you’re not hot. You’re lukewarm. And you’re going to get spit across the room.
Nominal Christianity is no Christianity at all. In fact, it’s even worse than no faith at all. You’d be better off cursing God and making it clear where you stand. There is no middle ground. There is no riding the fence. You can’t acknowledge God with your lips and then walk out the door and defy him with your actions.