Comfort and Security in the Faith

When questioned about the spreading of the faith in hostile countries, many Christians are quick to assert the challenges that their brothers and sisters must face. The persecution and the torment that awaits many causes those of us in more tolerant countries to be thankful of the tolerance shown to us. The persecution in those nations comes in terms of beheadings, prison, starvation, watching those you love die painfully, legal actions to restrict one’s ability to provide for a family and even one’s self. Naturally, it must be thought that Christianity must be harder to grow in those areas. But the real threat to Christians is far worse than persecution.
In most western nations, Christianity is in far greater danger than in nations where violence thrives against us. It isn’t by means of atheists and secularists mocking and restricting our voice, but rather the enemy is indeed us. Our apathy in devotion to God, due to our having become comfortable and secure in our faith. We have become luke-warm, neither hot nor cold. Why do we attend church service? Because it is expected on Sunday morning? Whereas those who must persevere tribulation worship out of fear of God, and not of man.
Some Christians today make the excuse of “God understands that I’m human” for their sinful acts. They know what they do is wrong, but go on to do it anyway, bringing down the rest of their faith. For what purpose does one command play, if one merely picks and chooses which to obey? Which then shall we obey? Only those that suit us? By no means! Obedience was not called in part but in whole! Far be it from us to become so comfortable with the grace and mercies of our God that we abuse His Goodness!
Let us then be up and doing; following the path laid out before us, obeying the Word in submission to God. Let the soul catch a spark, and set the world on fire. Fight the good fight, do not let the enemy catch us off guard. As it is written “Therefore, take us the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil of the day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” (Ephesians 6: 13-17) Gird your waist with Truth, living a life of integrity and love. Put on the breastplate of righteousness, always seeking obedience to Christ, guarding our own hearts against the passions and temptations common to man. Carry the Gospel to all nations, not just a mediocre muddled up version of comfort and peace that invades many theologies.

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