August 8, 2010

The Change Generation Asks: “Is it fun and exciting?” – Gary Collings

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:00 am by kdkelly

For a growing number, and even some  who wear the name Christian, the only qualification for acceptance or rejection of any behavior before God is expressed in the words “is it fun and exciting?” This is heard and somewhat expected in conversation of the young, but it is disappointing and less excusable in the lives of the many who are older and should know better, but who have not yet matured in Christ! With Paul we must say these are “yet carnal” or worldly. (1 Cor. 3:3)

An Attitude Difficulty

This attitude is certainly affecting the church of which Christ died (Acts 20:28). In many localities there are those who refuse to  attend Bible classes because they say it is “dullsville.” This is a bad reflection on this one instead of on the Bible, the class, or the teacher! Others do not attend each worship period (unless some special entertainment is announced) because they “do not get anything out of it,” and especially when there is something “more exciting” to do. These seem to ignore many passages of scripture about putting God and His kingdom first, not forsaking the assembling of the saints, and that worship must be directed to God in spirit and in truth (Matt. 6:33; Heb. 10:25; Jn. 4:23-24)

Forgotten Vows

Marriages are strongly affected by this attitude. Some after only a few months divorce their mates, rending many hearts, because one of the participants feels things just are not “fun and exciting” any more! Then these look for a preacher who will deny the Lord’s simple teaching on marriage, divorce, and remarriage (Matt. 19:8-9), so they may feel good about finding another mate who is more “fun and exciting.” The tragedy is, some of these hireling preachers can be found!

Vows do not seem to mean much to these people! Not only are marriage vows soon “forgotten,” but many seem to also take lightly their vow to serve the Lord. The good confession that “I believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God” is suppressed and flies quickly from the mind of some, when they are “choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.” (Lk. 8:14) When these are urged to live pure lives, teach a Bible class, serve at the Lord’s table, visit the sick and needy, prepare the building for worship services (or close it afterwards), teach a neighbor or invite them to services, speak to  visitors, or a host of other small but important duties of Christians, they respond in word or attitude, “That is not ‘ fun and exciting’ to me anymore.” These have left their first love and need to repent (Rev. 2:4-5). Their promise (vow) to serve the Lord has to be “some great thing,” never difficult, and always “fun and exciting” or they will defect from the Lord’s army!

Personal Responsibility

Of course, for those who study and believe the bible, it is known that there are responsibilities legislated by the Lord for which we are accountable (Matt. 28:20). These come as a result of our abilities and opportunities given us by God. He has the sovereign right to call us into account for the use of that which He has given to us. Paul’s words must continually ring in our ears, “So then everyone of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12).

Let us take a close look at our own attitude about the work of the Lord. Let us “walk in the light” that we may have pure fellowship with other faithful Christians (1 Jn. 1:7-9). “Am I a sold soldier of the cross, a follower of the Lamb,” or do I live in subjectivism of searching only for that which is “fun and exciting?”

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