Sunday Christians


I’m reading T.C Boyle’s novel, “The Women,” about the four women in the life of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  Amid the turmoil in all their lives, the author uses the term Sunday Christians.

It’s hard enough being a Sunday Christian.  Over the years I’ve witnessed and overheard family squabbles between the church door and the car door.  Or someone calling on God to damn the rain or whatever while still standing on the church steps.  Or having shredded pastor, organist or fellow member of the body of Christ for lunch.

However, scripture and, therefore God, calls us to be seven- day Christians.  This morning I also read Psalm 41, “Blessed is the one who considers the poor and weak.”  Because “in the day of trouble the Lord delivers him, protects him and calls him blessed.” Therefore, “do not give him up to the will of his enemies.”

But how does the Lord keep his promise to consider the poor and weak, deliver and protect them and keep them alive?  You probably know where this is going.  The Lord works through you and me.  We are God’s agents.  That’s why, in some further reading this morning, John 15, Jesus says we need to stay attached to him who is the vine.  Abide in his love and love one another.

That certainly chimes in with the last verses of the epistle lesson this morning, Ephesians 5:1-2, “Be imitators of God as beloved children.  And walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.”

Sunday Christians are also called to be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Christians.

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