After eight weeks of living in weekly-rate hotels since I arrived in Houston at the end of September 2014, I can certainly see where the author of the following blog post (see below) from “The Daily Way” is coming from. However, I have no “home” to go back to as I was staying in a spare bedroom of a friend’s home in Orlando for almost six months after losing my apartment in another city in Florida where I had been living for four and a half years.
The new owners who purchased the house back in January 2014 where my apartment was located upped the rent significantly (with no improvements to my apartment in an old house that was built in 1938) and I could no longer afford to stay there. And the search for affordable housing (as a long-term unemployed born and bred U.S. Citizen in America) since that time as been, to say the very least, interesting . . . .
Welcome to “a sign of the times” . . . .
For those of us who are believers in Jesus Christ, the Bible clearly states that this world is not our home (1 Peter 2:11, 1 John 2:15-17); yet far too often many Christians in our American culture are living quite comfortably and taking in all of the excesses afforded to us by our culture without, in many cases, counting the cost. And this has a devastating effect on us by making us lukewarm to the real basics of Christianity as stated in the Bible and specifically in the New Testament. As the author of the blog post below notes:
“. . . the world’s culture is diametrically opposed to the way God would desire for us to live. While the world encourages us to look out for ourselves first, God’s Word tells us to love our neighbor. While the world says do whatever it takes to be at the top, God’s Word tells us to be a servant to all.”
Authentic Christianity should transform a culture, not mimic it or make itself at home in the midst of it. And the basics of Christianity are the same whether lived out here in America or in China, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, India, and every other country in our world. Again, as the author of the blog post below notes:
“Living on the earth should be uncomfortable for believers. The enemy goes to great extremes to distract us from loving God and loving our neighbor. We must gear up for a battle each day as we tread through life on earth, a foreign land to Christians. To experience victory over the enemy, we must firmly place our trust in God, knowing that His way is greater than any way the world can offer.”
As believers, we should not get comfortable living in the midst of a culture full of excesses and that is increasingly growing more and more hostile to authentic Christianity. If we get comfortable and continue to live in that state of mind, the enemy can and will blindside us. As the Apostle Paul reminds us, in Romans 12:1-2:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand . . . .
Yes, repent . . .
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Trying to sleep in foreign quarters can be challenging. We are outside of what is familiar and comfortable to us, and there can be an irritation in our regular sleeping patterns. Regardless of whether the accommodations are better than our own home, if it is not home, it feels awkward.
As believers, our time here on earth can also feel like we are away from home. And the truth is, we are. When we choose to follow God, we discover His desire to have a personal relationship with us. Yet following God in the midst of a sinful world can be challenging.
When we go to a foreign place, we usually make an attempt to understand the culture, trying to fit in with everyone else. But the world’s culture is diametrically opposed to the way God would desire for us to live. While the world encourages us to look out…
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