In each generation, those living in it see themselves as the measure of normal. Whether it is social, political, cultural . . and yes, even Christian living. And today’s generation of Christian has taken this cultural revision of real Christianity to a new level.
As we examine the personal lives of real Biblical Christian people from centuries past, that which passes for “Christian Living” today bares little to no resemblance. Looking to Scripture and the description of the lives of our early brethren, they would be completely bewildered at the spectacle of this Laodician Christianity.
Sacrifice, giving, service, suffering, witness, faithfulness, plainness, humility, honesty, simplicity, doctrinal soundness, charity, church, sensitivity, depth, these things were realities in personal Christian life and there was a desire to be deeper with great aspirations for true holiness and spiritual growth every day. That was a Christianity that made a difference. And in some parts of the world there is a revival of this very thing, But here in the west . . and western culture in general . . . there is a strange, even alien, picture of Christian life.
I could talk about the plastic, thick make-up, deep cleavage, giddy touchy feely Christianity that sputters and drools all over television; or maybe the Pharisaical stuffed shirts who claim holiness consists of wearing the right clothes and not playing cards. And all that nonsense has its place under this same subject heading, but I want to say something about a different type that is more subtle, but just as non-historic and unbiblical as the rest.
There are a great number of “nominal” Christians who just want to maintain. Maintain their comfy family with their comfy job in their comfy nitch . . . or they are desperately in search of the place where they can have that comfy life. Its seems that many western Christians with their families has this idea that the “church,” Christ and Christianity in general has the express purpose of making their lives comfy, happy, and conflict free. Oh, they wouldn’t say this outright; they may have the right answers, academically. But their complaints, pursuits, motivations and objectives . . . along with their life styles . . . say otherwise.
There is no real sense of personal sin or rebellion. No deep aspirations for spiritual improvement or winning the lost or self-examination. Only efforts to make life more comfortable, convenient and socially satisfying.
Persecution and the loss of “comfy” is heading down the tracks towards us like a freight train and I believe the real Christians will be forced into a position of identifying themselves by their behavior.