Has anyone noticed that the culture has changed so much that there is an extreme disconnect between Christianity and Holiness? So much so that the phrase “Don’t judge me” is rampant not just among the liberal and folks hostile to the judeo-Christian community but among those who claim to be be a Christ follower. Many folks today don’t want any accountability for their actions and when called out on something that is contrary to how God tells us we are to live there is a meltdown. “Don’t judge me” they scream when in fact what this communicates is I want to be in control of my life and don’t want want accountability from God or anyone else. I demand your approval and acceptance of any behavior I so choose whether you like it or not. The irony is that this reminds us of those who scream there are no absolutes. Only this group desires to live a life of choice without anyone asking a question of them regarding their choices regardless of whether it is contrary to God’s standard in his holy word. Yes we are still told in Scripture to live a holy life even in 2012.
When is the last time you heard teaching on holiness? Church? Small Group? Discipleship Group? Accountability Group? I am thankful that God has put others around me to speak truth into my life. How about you? Who are the 5 people closest to you? Do they just listen and keep their mouth shut because they think that is what you prefer? If you don’t have people who will speak God’s truth to you on a regular basis it may be that you are missing out on some of the best friendships possible. An honest relationship will always be deeper and more rewarding than a superficial one. Relationships are very important to me. Honest relationships.
Reading an excellent book now and though I am not finished I want to recommend it. “Holiness For Ordinary People” is by Keith Drury.