Obedience vs. Comfort

While reading Dr. David Alan Black’s blog at daveblackonline.com today I ran across an article about an Ethiopian Christian who has been imprisoned because he had the courage to proclaim “Jesus is Lord.” Our brother is being persecuted for the sake of our Lord.

In sharing this event with his readers, Dr. Black made some statements that, if applied to the current state of the church in America, are quite revealing.

“I am suspicious of any form of Christianity that does not arouse bitter hostility from the world.”

Consider the church in America. Far from arousing hostility from the world, we have too many churches more concerned about “fitting in” to the world or making themselves “relevant” to the prevailing culture than they are about faithfully proclaiming the truth of God’s Word. As a result we have a great many churches populated with cultural “Christians,” people who go to church because “that’s what we do.” They live like the world because they are of the world and deceive themselves that they are “saved” because they throw God a paltry hour of their time on Sunday morning and maybe a few bucks when the offering plate comes by.

In his post, Dr. Black contrasts the faithful obedience of our brother in Ethiopia to the comfortable Christianity of many Americans.

“The professing church in America has become cluttered with hosts of superficial ‘believers’ who have never settled the matter of obedience. They are disciples in name only, their hand is on the plow, eagerly looking back.”

His final comment many will regard as harsh. I don’t.

“Perhaps I will start praying for persecution to come to America. Many would fall away but at least it would separate the sheep from the goats.”


About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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