Many Christian Atheist today commit only halfheartedly to Christ's church - if at all. He doesn't want us simply to believe in God. He wants us to give our lives to Him through His church. In the first church described in Acts 2, "church" wasn't something people added to their lives. Church was the center of their lives. Church was not a physical building; it was the community of people who shared a belief and faith in Christ. Their extreme commitment to Christianity contrast sharply with our attitude today: "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer" (Acts 2:42). They didn't go to church; they were the church, devoted to God's Word, God's people, and God's mission. p.222.
Here is another excerpt from an article I read the night I finished this book. It is titled "That's what Christians do" by Dr. Donald E. Wildmon, founder of AFA.
But don't blame me. I didn't do anything. I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That is what Christians do now."
My first response to this article was sickness, shock and then sadness. I cried and was deeply convicted reading Groeschel's book. What would happen if we quit "going to church" and started living and being the church? One person can make a difference. I don't want to be someone who just goes to church, listens to the pastor and/or small group leaders then goes home never letting it change me and others. I don't want to put down the book I just read and think that there isn't anything that can be done and continue on doing nothing. I realized that deep down I too am a christian atheist. This is not who I want to be. How about you?