Fitting in to the World or Transforming It?

Sunday Afternoon Musings

Crown of Thorns“If a writer sets out to characterize contemporary Western society as given over to materialism and self-seeking, he will find many people agreeing with him. If he sets out to define the Christian ideal of a society based on principles consonant with New Testament teaching, he will likewise find many people agreeing with him. But if he tries to locate precisely the actual points of antagonism between the society we live in and the ideal order whose ends we ought to serve, he will probably disturb a hornets’ nest.”

—Harry Blamiers, Where Do We Stand? p. 2

“Locating precisely the actual points of antagonism between the society we live in and the ideal order” will most definitely disturb a hornets’ nest but that is precisely the task of preaching and living out the word of God.  And when we do, some will be upset. And that’s why we hesitate to speak or live as we should.

But we must.

We must because faithfulness to Christ requires us. He is our Lord. We obey Him. And if obeying Him causes loss of friends or status, or respect, or causes us to be disregarded or ridiculed, well that is just the way it is. We choose Christ and we say with Paul “whatever things were gain to us, those things we count as loss for the sake of Christ, in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord, for whom we have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that we may gain Christ.” (cf. Phil. 3:7-8)

Our hearts echo the heart of missionary and martyr Jim Elliot,  “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Let us live for the gain of Christ. Let us stand for the glory of Christ. There are no regrets in living a life for Him.


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