In The Arena

August 6, 2012

Dear Pastor Friend:

Below are some thoughts that have been going through my head that I wanted to share with you.  None of us ever have all the answers, but I think we at least need to be aware of the battle we are in and seek God’s leading as we seek to lead our flocks.

Many of our people don’t have a biblical world view.  I’m sure many of you too are often heart broken by young people with a carnal mind.  They profess to be saved but, they sure don’t have the mind of Christ.  In these days we need to pray; “Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth; unite my heart to fear thy name.”  Psalm 86:11    


In The Arena

            Modern Christians don’t have to prove the validity of their faith in the arena with savage beasts like some of the early Christians.  Never the less, if we live the Christian life as we should, we too will often find ourselves in a hostile arena.  The foe we face is a society that does not recognize or respect Christian principles.  The winners are those who are surrendered to God, willing to do his will, no matter what it costs.  The losers are those who conform to society.

Little by little we have weakened, and wavered, and surrendered until modern Christianity is a lifeless thing that makes no impact on those around us.  Many have tried to make Christianity compatible with the modern world view that is characterized by materialism and secularism.  We are dull of hearing when we read, “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.”  (Col. 3 :1)  Surely, we think, God doesn’t expect his people to deny themselves any of the creature comforts and luxuries that are so accessible.

Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”  Our psychology saturated minds tell us that if we do that properly, it has to make us feel good.  Isn’t it God’s will that all his people feel good all the time? No. Jesus didn’t die on the cross to make us feel good.  He died to save us from the awful consequences of eternal destruction.  When we read in John 10 :10 where Jesus said, “I am come that ye might have life and that ye might have it more abundantly”  We assume that “life more abundantly” must be in the context of prosperity and personal well being.

It’s becoming apparent to me that many of the conflicts believers face stem from being too closely tied to the society in which we live.  To be more specific, the problems people in general face stem from the philosophy of modern society.  Most people are too proud to admit that they have chosen a life style that does not lead them to success and satisfaction.

Many have become entertainment oriented.  They live to be entertained.  They soon become bored with church if it isn’t entertaining.  It will be a loosing battle if we try to keep our people by entertaining them.

Let’s not measure success just by how many we get through the doors of our churches, or how many we get down the aisle.  What really matters is how many we have walking daily, straight and tall, in the will of God.  May God help us to be men and women of God in a perverted world.


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