Passive Christianity vs. the life changing reality of faith

When it comes to understanding the Great Mystery, the age of grace and the significance of “in Christ Jesus” , the question always arises as to what difference does it make? The vast majority of Christians do not want to work hard enough to grasp the great realities of God's Word, especially those relating to the present age in which we live. It is far easier to passively sit on a pew once a week and then never think about God for six days than to work the Word of God in order to understand the things important to Him and therefore us.

The sad truth is that the overwhelming majority of Christians view their faith as something to round out their life instead of that which is their life. God and the things of God are something to talk about once in awhile but that is it. Prayer comes up when there is a need and charity is a horrible subject reserved for the weak. Vast numbers of Christians view their faith as a personal matter that is no one else's business. This is a convenient way of acknowledging they have little or no faith.

In Bible times, the culture dictated that God was a sacred thing and the mere mention of His name would be reason to drop everything and listen. How the times have changed. Today, the mention of god is nothing more than an expression of excitement (oh my god) or for some old timers, a cuss word. Anyone who walks around talking about God is viewed as a religious fanatic and avoided even by those who go to church. In many circles, the mere mention of God is grounds for being fired from a job, escorted out of a meeting or dismissed from a group. God is not holy anymore. God has been made profane which is what Paul wrote about in Romans 1:21-25:

21because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened.

22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23and changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

24Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves:

25for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

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Worshipping the creature more than the Creator is indeed the crux of the whole matter. Look around you. How many Christians worship the Creator as opposed to the creation? The beginning point to ever understanding what Paul wrote in his epistles is acceptance that there is ONE GOD and He is to be worshipped and served as God and not the creation. Unlike most, who have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, we must strive to find that truth and stand upon it with all of our hearts.

The truth, as it relates to what is written in Romans through Titus is astounding, magnificent, poignant, remarkable and brutally honest. No one can read and believe what Paul wrote and still be justified in exchanging the truth of God for a lie. The light shed on our true spiritual identity in Christ Jesus, our mission in this life and the need for and the benefits in renewing our minds are all key points in Paul's writings. The Pauline epistles are not for the passive Christian who is looking for a religion. Paul writes about the inner workings of our Christian faith and who we are and what we have in Christ Jesus. Paul's writings are the “meat” of God's Word as it relates to those of us living in the present age of grace.