There are 2 statements I examine myself with on a continuing basis. 1) If I was put on trial tomorrow for being a Christ follower, would there be enough evidence to convict me? 2) Does hell know my name? Those are some pretty heady questions for one to examine themselves with, why would I do that?
As the world around us become more and more secular, there is a very real danger that we, Christ followers, will start to look like the world. It’s a slow insidious process that we must guard ourselves against. I have found it starts with my mouth and goes down hill from there. There is a reason James said we should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (James 1:19)
I have found we have become subjected to an increasing amount of course language in the media. Last week I was watching a video from a recent conference on the emerging streaming video on demand (SVOD) market. The discussion panel, for this one segment, represented major corporations such as Bloomberg, Brightcove and comScore. In what seemed like an innocuous question, the moderator dropped the ‘F’ bomb. I though to myself did he just say what I think he said? I was stunned. The first panel member to answer commented on him using that language and basically said it was inappropriate.
As we start the new year, we need to keep an eye on who we are, how we act and Whom we serve. If we look and act like the rest of the world, then we are doing something wrong. Why should it matter? Because the world is watching us. If they can’t see a difference in us from how they react to life, then why would they want to become a Christ follower?
‘But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.’ Joshua 24:15