In the world but not of it

January 15, 2010

Hit the panic button…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

An office supply store came out with a clever advertisement a few years back using something called the “easy button”. The person in the advertisement would press the button in order to show how quick and easy getting service really was. The ad was a hit and the button became a popular office toy. So how does this relate to today’s passage? Actually it doesn’t directly but it reminded me that the church could benefit from having a button also…the panic button

It is no surprise that things are getting worse in this world. It should also be of no surprise that Christians are becoming lethargic and complacent.

So much so that we need to hit the panic button or maybe carry one around that we can press when we see fellow believers engaging in things that are tearing down the witness of Christ and also their own witness. Perhaps the button would repeat scriptures like the one above to remind others of their responsibility and duties. Perhaps it would make a loud buzzing noise like the one you hear when trucks are backing up or fire alarms go off.

From bad habits to sin, Christians have blended the line to almost an invisible extent when it comes to how they live in the world and what they do. We need holiness desperately. We need to rid ourselves of the apathy that gets us into things we should be avoiding. We need to be radical and deliberate in our walk with Christ.

Show me the Christian that thinks they are not at risk and I’ll show you the Christian who is set up for a major wake up call. What is worse is that we have creatively worked our way around the difference between conviction and bad decisions and choices.

We are clever at justifying our behavior as a personal conviction rather than seeing it for what it typically is; a stumbling block to all. We claim that we would be too legalistic if we refrained from this or avoided that. Doesn’t Paul say in this passage today to cleanse ourselves from “everything” that defiles us?

Should that not include the things that can be construed as “what everyone else does”? Do we really have the courage to criticize other Christians who are doing more for the kingdom of God than we are and then flip the channel to our favorite primetime program filled with filth and worldly nonsense?

We all need to get off the tolerance and correctness idealism and get back to radical, sold-out Christianity. No other attitude or lifestyle will suffice in this world as a professing believer.

Benjamin Franklin once said…He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.

It’s time to hit the panic button…

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