1 Corinthians 15:32-34. If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 34 Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.
A popular quote in Paul’s day, especially among skeptics, was “let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die.”
If you are a skeptic, and if you don’t believe in a future resurrection, or a currently resurrected Savior King, then by all means go on sinning.
But if you believe. If you are trusting in a resurrected King as the apocalyptic ruler of your life, then you better wake up and sober up.
Numbing makes sense if there is no hope. But if Christ in you has given you an eternal hope of glory, then using food and drink, or sex, or Sunday School to numb yourself is quite short sighted.
It is shameful for Christians to live like atheists.
You can’t believe in resurrection and be an atheist. It takes an all-powerful, imaginative, creative, and faithful God to pull off the resurrection of the church. A resurrection through love’s door into a Kingdom of grace.
So if we believe in these things, why do we live like we don’t sometimes?
And an even more serious question: does living like we don’t believe it prove that we don’t actually believe it?
Wake up. Do we believe it or not? Why do we live like we don’t? Why do we worry as if it’s not all true? Why do we crave acceptance from others as if we aren’t going to live forever in God’s arms? Why do we chase “bucket lists” and hoard our stuff as if we aren’t inheriting the universe with Christ? Why do we ignore our brothers and sisters in Christ and even shun them as if they aren’t eternal? Why do we fear death as if we don’t know the life giver? Why do we chase so many sensual pleasures as if we won’t experience unending pleasure at God’s right hand forevermore? Why do we burn out in ministry as if Christ is not seated on the throne of the universe? Why do we hold grudges as if all things won’t be reconciled in the end? When did we stop caring? When did we stop being zealous? When did we start seeing the church as being for our own needs alone? When did this life become about being comfortable? When did we get drunk on ourselves?
“To live is Christ” is to be awake. Awake to true living. True love. Christ’s sacrificial love alive in us forever. It is a true and right knowledge of God that allows us to see that his eternal goodness makes everything in this life a gift to be enjoyed, and not a god to be worshipped.
Have you been asleep? Have you been drunk? Do you live more like an atheist than a Christian? How can your union with Christ’s resurrection empower you to look at everything you do and believe in a new way? Where will you begin?