Christians are Too Comfortable

Wednesday is for Thinking

ArchesOne of the problems that Christians face in every age is how to be in the world but not of the world (cf. John 17:11 and 1 John 2:15).  How are we to exist in the world without becoming like the world? How are we to love the world in the way that God loves the world without becoming corrupted by the world (John 3:16)? How are we to bless the citizens of this world while living as citizens of a different, bigger, holier, eternal kingdom that is not of this world? How do we work for the will of God to be done on earth, just as it is done in heaven while living for a kingdom and King who are not of this world (Mt. 6:7-13; John 18:36; 2 Cor. 5:1-2)?

One thing we must do, is not allow ourselves to get too comfortable in this world. That’s what I address in my new book and what Harry Blamiers* is addressing in his book Where Do We Stand in the World? 

“… Blamiers makes the essential point that ‘the Christian vocation is always to be a citizen of another kingdom, and therefore to live uneasily in the kingdom of this world.'”

Malcom Muggeridge,
from the Forward to Harry Blamires book, (p. x)
Where Do We Stand? An Examination of the Christian’s
Position in the World

* Blamiers was a student and later, a friend of C.S. Lewis.

Let’s live “uneasily in the world” so that this world gets a foretaste of the world and the Kingdom to come.


5 thoughts on “Christians are Too Comfortable

  1. Marty, there is a tension of living in a world that runs counter to His Kingdom yet being the salt that impacts it for Christ, is there not? We don’t want to lose our saltiness! I’ve found this difficult lately and am grappling with the difference of standing firm in the teachings of Christ and being “judgmental.” It seems that love cares enough to warn someone that the way they are traveling is not God’s best for them and pointing them to The Way: Jesus! This, however, is often labeled as being judgmental by other believers.

    I don’t want to look the other way when it comes to the ways of this world in order to keep from stepping on someone’s toes if there is the risk that they don’t know there is salvation to be had! After all, I understand the lure of the flesh because I’m the worst of sinners but I’m so glad I’ve been redeemed by faith in Christ. This is another way we become comfortable in this world, by being afraid to speak out against it’s ways. So, I’m glad you published this book and are writing on this subject. I just ordered your book and am eagerly awaiting its arrival!

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  2. Cindy,
    You are spot on with the observation that one of the ways we grow comfortable is by fearing to speak out. The trick is to speak out always in love and always with humility. Hope you enjoy the book. Please, if you do get to read it, would you go to Amazon and write a brief review? I would appreciate it. Marty

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