By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“As I see it, a lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron; there is no such thing. To put it plainly, churchgoers who are ‘lukewarm’ are not Christians. We will not see them in heaven.” – Francis Chan
I’ve recently been looking to lose a few pounds, so naturally, the first thing to kick out of my diet was soda. I tried to go to drinking only water, but I found that I missed having a carbonated drink every once and a while. So, I wondered if maybe there was a healthier soda alternative I could turn to.
Well, it turns out that diet soda isn’t as healthy as we once thought so that’s off the list. I was hesitant to drink anything with a whole lot of sugar or calories because that kind of defeats the purpose of finding a healthy alternative to soda. My research eventually brought me to one of the most divisive drinks.
It’s a flavored sparkling water beverage that found popularity on the west coast called La Croix (pronounced “La-Croy”). It comes in many different flavors including peach-pear, lime, coconut, passion fruit, and tangerine.
The best part is that they have no sugar, no calories, no carbs, and no sodium. It sounds like a great alternative to soda! The only issue is that they don’t have the best taste.
If you’ve ever tried a La Croix, chances are that you didn’t care for it. When you first take a sip, it feels like a soda. You feel the familiar fizzing at your lips and the slight burn in the back of your throat as you swallow. But it’s after that first sip that you realize this is no normal beverage.
In La Croix, most of the taste isn’t even a taste. All of it is reserved for the aftertaste. When you take your first sip, it’s as if you left your sprite in the car for a month, little to no flavor. It isn’t until after you have already swallowed that you begin to taste the hint of lime or tangerine. And most people don’t like it!
As I thought about this, I thought about the fact that we have a lot of La Croix Christians. And I think, at one time or another, I was a La Croix Christian. I was a Christian who wasn’t all in. If you looked at me you would have found that Christ was only an aftertaste. If you encountered me, you would have left the conversation thinking, Well, maybe there’s something different about him, but I can’t really tell.
There are too many Christians who are like La Croix. The flavor of Christ is only an afterthought in their words and actions. They have no taste of the grace of Christ that is readily apparent. Would they call themselves Christians? Sure. Would La Croix claim to be a delicious beverage? Sure. But I think that both parties would be stretching the truth.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet” (Matthew 5:13).
I don’t know about you, but my first choice isn’t going to be a drink in which lime is only an aftertaste. I want a beverage that is lime through and through. An explosion of lime.
And I don’t know about you, but my first choice isn’t to be someone in whom Christ is simply an aftertaste. I want to be a person who has Christ through and through.