Why I’m Done Being a Comcast Christian

{By Ellery Sadler}

I was already thinking about this before the Comcast customer service call went viral, but that made me think about it even more.

In a world of mediocrity, excellence is hard to find.

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There are so many in-name-only Christians. The kind that maybe grew up going to Sunday school or knows the basics of the Bible, but not much beyond that. They may try to be good people, but basically their performance is average. Or, like Comcast, maybe it is well below average.

I was sort of drifting, basking in the socially acceptable laziness of summertime, and not really paying too much attention to anything until my sister brought home some friends of hers for the weekend. And I was amazing by the evidence of Christ in them. It wasn’t that they talked about it so much, although there were some good poolside conversations about the will of God and prayer and things.

It was evident instead in everything they did.

These twenty-somethings talked with me and played with my twelve-year-old sister and genuinely cared about what we thought. They went the extra mile and cleaned up from dinner. They lavished the weekend with uproarious laughter and dove into life on the river with an abandon I had forgotten existed. They discussed deep topics and made hilarious jokes. I’ve never seen people so intent on living like Jesus. Instead of focusing on acting ‘Christian’ or speaking ‘Christian’ they simply were Christ-like.

If I could describe this group of friends in just three words I think I would choose reckless, joyful excellence. They did things with excellence, a wholehearted pursuit, holding nothing back. And that really made me think.

When is the last time you did something with excellence?

I mean really did the best job you could possibly do; let yourself dive completely into a project, held nothing back, committed the time and effort to creating something of quality?

I look around at the half-hearted tries, at the dabbling in this and then moving on to the next thing, at the offers to help that are made with the desperate hope no one will take them up on it, at the mediocrity, and it makes me cringe. It hits too close to home for comfort.

I’ve been writing a book recently, and having given in to the writer’s block for a while, I then forced myself to start writing again. And almost instantly the thoughts came creeping in. Is this the kind of story teenagers want to read? Does my writing really need to be that original or could I just use that cliché?

Excellence is a testimony that you can’t ignore.

It forces you to look twice. When someone is willing to do even the tiniest things with all their strength it is so unusual that it makes you stop and stare. And this doesn’t apply only to serving or work; it applies to everything. From painting to movie making to writing to photography to dancing to singing to skiing – doing everything with a passionate desire to really live it.

I think that Christians should be excellent, passionate, wholehearted people, the kind of people who do things to the very best of their ability.

It makes me think of talking with Rachel Spencer Hewitt about Return to the Hiding Place and how she advocates excellence. Her dad worked for almost two decades on a film that will be released this fall. Almost two decades. That is a commitment to excellence that blows me away.

I’m going to get back to writing my book, to dazzle my audience (of about four right now) with my originality, to hone my craft, to choose my words carefully, to write until the pages sing. I’m committing to living a life of excellence. I’m committing to pouring myself wholeheartedly into what I do.

So let’s give up mediocrity. Let’s shake loose from the shackles of simply ‘good enough’.  Let’s throw off okay and average.

Let’s stop being Comcast Christians.

Let’s embrace reckless, joyful excellence. 

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