Are You A Flamboyant Fig Tree Christian?

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Are you a Flamboyant Fig Tree Christian is a Christian Sermon from Mark 11:12-13

Jesus was hungry as they journeyed from Bethany. And, seeing a fig tree with leaves from afar, He went to see if He could find some figs to eat on it. But, when He came to it, He found only leaves. (Mark 11:12-13)

Jesus approached this fig tree because He was hungry and its display of lavish foliage suggested that it might have something to satisfy Him. But, on approaching it and inspecting it closely, He found nothing to eat and satiate His hunger.

This specific fig tree represents flamboyant Christians who from afar seem to be very fruitful Christians. They maybe Christians who always carry their Bibles and whip them out at every opportunity to quote Scriptures to others. Or they maybe those who have multiple Christian stickers on their cars and numerous Scriptural plaques on their office desks. They may even be those who wear crosses on their neck chains every single day as symbols of their strong faith.

Regardless of their chosen mode of displaying their Christianity, these people on closer inspection, are just showy Christians without any substance. Their words, actions, jewelry and even car stickers are the loud leaves which advertise their Christianity but they do not produce the fruits that Christians should produce. These fruits are love, joy, peace, patience or longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Understand that carrying Bibles and wearing crosses and sticking Scriptures to cars is not wrong of itself. What is wrong is when these actions serve as false advertisements telling the public that one is a mature, productive Christian yet they lack the fruits of the Spirit which are the true symbols of mature, productive Christians.

This false, flamboyant advertising is detrimental to the rest of the Church, which is the Body of Christ that needs nourishing, because it draws people only to sorely disappoint them when they receive nothing that can feed them on their life's journey. It is even doubly detrimental to non-believers because it can leave them not just disappointed but also disillusioned with Christianity. 

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