Faith is the most important part about being a Christian. Faith is how we’re saved. But I think a lot of people are faking faith. Faith is something that doesn’t always seem permanent. Many Christians have a crisis of faith, or long periods of doubt. What can someone do when they’ve had doubt and can’t seem to recover their faith?
“if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven…”
– Colossians 1:23 ESV
Many Christians attend church or even serve in church but have major doubt. Doubt is an awful thing, but so many have struggled with it and continue to struggle with it. And doubting while attending church services can be particularly bothersome for the one with doubt. That’s where the title of this article comes from. Faking faith is something I think a lot of Americans do. We go to church, listen to sermons, listen to Christian music, but have doubts that seem to speak louder than anything else.
Not to make you feel worse than you may already feel, but Jesus said this when his disciples had doubt.
And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.”
– Matthew 17:17
If Jesus’ own disciples had problems with doubt, it’s no wonder that we have doubts nowadays. This post is written by someone who has struggled with their faith. Some people are blessed with little or no doubt, but others have real problems with it. I’m not perfect, and doubt has crept in before, and here’s the best way to handle it when it does.
1. Stop thinking about the doubt
When doubt creeps in, you tend to dwell on it. And allow it to depress or frustrate you. Just stop focusing on it. If you’re focusing on the doubt while trying to read the Bible or listen to a teaching, you’re probably not going to gain anything from it. Relax, and prepare yourself to get into the word. Get excited about it and ask God to show you something through your time in the word.
2. Surround yourself with the right people
Positive, Christian people are who you need to be around during this time. If you’re in doubt, talk to the right people; your pastor, elders in the church, or someone similar can be really helpful for you.
3. Don’t be double-minded
Choose to believe the Bible. The verse I’ve quoted below warns against being double-minded, saying that those who doubt are like a wave being tossed about.
he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
– James 1:8
All these things I’ve mentioned are easier said than done. But if you try them, I think you’ll thank yourself later. Get serious about overcoming your doubt and pray about it. Have others pray for you, and get into the word.
Are you faking faith? Let me know in the comments or by personally emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you and help you any way I can.