Do You Really Know What You Believe?
What you do and how you live are absolutely vital. Without action and fruit, all the theology in the world has little meaning. But theology (The study of religious Faith, practice, and experience: The study of God and God’s relation to the world. A system of religious beliefs or ideas) is still important. What you believe absolutely determines how you act. So while good theology at its best can lead us to live godly lives, bad theology will always point us in the wrong direction.
I’ve heard it said that being a Christian in America may in fact be more difficult than any other nation in the world. At first, I wondered if that were really true. We have freedom of religion in this country, at least for now, so how could it possibly be more difficult to be a Christian? What about the countries where Christians are martyred for their faith in Jesus? Couldn’t it be said that they have it harder than we do as Americans?
On the surface, yes. We in the United States have had freedom to worship God as we choose. Something we have taken for granted. On the other hand, we also have a lot of outside sources that are constantly competing against our faith in God. As a culture, we’ve become desensitized to sin and its consequences. Even within the church, outright sin has become acceptable and simple obedience to God has morphed into legalism. When did it become legalistic to obey God?
We’ve become numb to sin, but I’m beginning to wonder if our American culture has become completely desensitized to the things of God as well. We are exposed daily to Christian radio stations, churches, pastors, posts on social media, etc. Most of us can say that we have not one, but multiple Bibles in our homes.
Are we brokenhearted for the lost? Are we rejoicing when the lost are found? Do we come before God with awe in our hearts?
With a heavy heart, I must admit that I have gone to church, sang songs of worship, listened to a sermon, and left feeling absolutely nothing about what I had just encountered.
It’s so easy to access the Bible and His truth that it has nearly grown into something cliché. We don’t have to work for it, so we don’t. Many of us have become complacent and lazy in our faith.
We may not be dying for our faith in this country, not yet anyway, but we certainly aren’t living out our faith either… at least not with passion and intensity.
It’s time to wake up!
It’s time to STAND FULLY ALIVE in our faith. And it’s time to be OBEDIENT to God in all that we do, even when it’s not the “EASY” thing to do. Let’s stop living for our own happiness and start living a life that glorifies God not man!
You can contact Ron Fraser, Transport for Christ President at 717-426-9977.