Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things (Ephesians 3:17-19).
The most effective enemies are those of which we are unaware…the ones we fail to recognize as enemies. In our subconscious we probably already know some entities are not helping the cause of Christ; that they are, indeed, major hindrances. They are hindering enemies especially because we have become familiar and comfortable with them. It is much like making a pet of a tiger. We pet them, feed them, love them…and then one day, they have us by the throat. They are attitudes, actions and situations that divert us from truly following Christ. The world notices and these same diversions become hindrances to unbelievers and ammunition for anti-Christian activists. And here is the kicker: so often, we shoot ourselves in the foot (pun intended). This is a post that hopefully will challenge us to do some thinking about who and what our enemies are. As usual, your comments, pro and con, are welcomed.
Striving for Acceptance
It’s not easy being different. And yet, being different is part of our Christian walk. We are different from the world not because we try to be but because following Christ separates us from those who aren’t. Sadly, many who claim to be Christians lie, cheat and steal just like their worldly counterparts. But the similarities don’t end there. Too often our values and ambitions are the same as those outside of Christ. To place our hope in riches, to ignore injustice, to place comfort above compassion and status above service proves we are still of the world. Here’s the truth: the way of Christ runs counter to the ways of the world. Never forget it. Continue reading