Sunday, August 1, 2010

"Something for Everyone"

Here in America, we do have it easy. We work from Monday to Friday, and most people have weekends off; unless putting in some overtime. We have air-conditioned houses, most people have at least one car, and we take our indoor plumbing and refrigeration for granted. You know, having cable television is nearly thought to be a right! And even with the heated debate over health care; with out question if you truly need a doctor, I guarantee you can find one in an emergency!

We are a blessed country; after all, we have a right to worship how we see fit…a multiplicity of denominations, “main-stream,” or “splinter groups,” and many with no affiliation at all. You can choose a traditional service, or contemporary, with musical instruments or without, rock-and-roll or a grand pipe organ. Services are led by special “worship teams” and there are multi-media displays to put the song lyrics on the screens for all to see, or just a person leading the songs on an old guitar.

We have available the Word of God in every conceivable translation for ease of understanding. Bibles are “rated” on a scale of conservative to liberal in their translation; “word for word” or “thought for thought.” And you can purchase lovely covers with lace for the girls or camo for the boys, or special leather bound editions complete with concordances inside. Children’s Bibles, youth Bibles, study Bibles…You get the idea.

Yes, in this great country of ours; Christianity has something for everyone. We have all the advantages…a veritable smorgasbord.

But I have just a few questions:

Were you in church this Sunday? Do you remember the sermon? Was the Bible preached? Did you go for the “warm fuzzies” or were you challenged? Have you prayed this week? Did you read your Bible? When was the last time you were “inconvenienced” for your faith? What are you willing to sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel? Have you ever shared the Gospel with anyone in your life, and do you know how? Do you understand Christianity; or is it merely a “mystery” and faith is just “knowing in your know-er.”

“If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” Luke 9:23-25

“Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” 1 John 2: 15-16

“If one feels no friction with a fallen world, one will never find traction in the Kingdom of God” Doug Groothuis

So how’s your footing?

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