What is a Consumer Christian?
One way of looking at it is what Dallas Willard (an American philosopher and Christian writer) describes as “Vampire Christians”. He writes:
“ One, in effect, says to Jesus: “I’d like a little of your blood, please. But I don’t care to be your student or have your character. In fact, won’t you just excuse me while I get on with my life, and I’ll see you in heaven.” But is this really acceptable to Jesus?”
In short, Consumer Christians do not take holiness seriously, because faith is what they receive, not how they obey. Faith is about what they can get, but little about what they can give and sacrifice. They have Jesus as Saviour, but not Lord of their lives. The cross becomes a vending machine, rather than an example for life.
But God’s word tells us that we are to “put off the old self… and put on the new” (Eph 4:22-24), we are to be “holy for Yahweh is holy” (1 Pet 1:16), Christ has ‘saved us and called us into a holy life” (2 Tim1:9).
How does this influence CY?