On Fire Like God?

A few years ago I was at a meeting comprised primarily of Christians from various churches in the area. I thought serious issues were going to be discussed that night, but I soon became disgusted to discover I was in the midst of a gaggle of wimpy milk toasts.

I tried to make my strong statement on the subject at hand, but might as well have been talking to the walls. The person who encouraged me to attend and make a statement was as unsupportive as if we’d never met. Maybe she duped me into taking a fall. I don’t know, and it doesn’t matter now.

The point is, Christians have become so touchy-feely they’re scared to death of upsetting anybody. If we’re part of the Body of Christ, shouldn’t we be be upsetting one another when it counts? What about the Scriptural injunction to provoke one another to love and good works? Is it any wonder Christians have so little meaningful impact on the world?

We’re too afraid of hurting each other’s feelings or stepping on one another’s toes. How on earth will we have an impact on anyone else around us with that kind of attitude?

I rejoiced recently when I read one Christian author’s condemnation of Christians who think Christianity is about being “nice.” He wasn’t suggesting being uncivil, and neither am I, but where’s the fire in the belly?

What if you could ask John Calvin, Martin Luther, or other reformers of a few hundred years ago what they thought of being “nice?” They lived in a time when people were killed for taking a stand.

Of course, being nice is much safer. But why do we still behave as if proclaiming truth could still get us killed? If Christians aim to be more like God, perhaps we should consider a Scripture passage that sounds like it belongs in the Old Testament. It may surprise you to find it in the New Testament.

Hebrews 12:28-29–Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.

Hebrews 10:23-24–Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works…

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