Spiritual Moonwalking

I would assume that most of my readers would remember Michael Jackson’s moonwalk. If not, please feel free to Google it.

Many people have spiritually moonwalked. In the church world, we call it backsliding. Many think of backsliding as when someone who professes to know Christ quits going to church, starts partying, stays drunk, and runs around with a bunch of people of the opposite sex. However, backsliding is much more subtle. Backsliding begins in the heart. Proverbs 14:14 says, “The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.”

Two things happen when people backslide:

  1. They are no longer satisfied in Christ.
  2. They selfishly seek to find satisfaction outside a thriving relationship with Christ.

Backslidden people can be faithful church attendees who give, serve, and meet all the spiritual checkmarks. The truth is that you and I have backslidden when we are not as close to Christ as we once were.

Have you drifted in your relationship with God?

Is your heart longing for something out of the will of God?

Are you no longer satisfied in Christ?

If you answered “yes”, it’s time to come back to the One who never changed or moved. Ask God to forgive you and go back to that place where your love for Jesus is greater than anything else.


4 thoughts on “Spiritual Moonwalking

  1. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. – Matthew 23:27
    Misguided back-sliders are often influenced by blind guides.

  2. Very true brother! And if we are not careful we will give up our most great reward which is salvation. The more we allow our hearts to harden, and go after the lust of our flesh and the world, the more we turn from our God. Salvation is eternal and therefore it cannot necessarily be lost. But we can freely walk away from it because our God holds no hostages. Side note: it is always good to see a random picture of MJ 🙂

  3. This usually happens, as one of my favorite Bible teachers recently said, “when it becomes more about [them] and less about [God and] those around [them].” Lord search my heart and remind me that this is and will always be about you.

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