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In America today, millions of churchgoers are “Christians” for only a few hours a week. They show up on Sunday (and, if they’re super-holy, on Wednesday night). They go to small group and read their Bibles. All of that takes up a few hours of their time. In everything else they do, it can be hard to see what difference their faith makes.
Being Christians for only a few hours a week involves a deep hypocrisy. Our lives don’t match our professions of faith. We conform to this world instead of being transformed by the renewing of our minds and lives (Rom. 12:1–2).
Hypocrisy - Idolatry - Structures - World - Percent
This hypocrisy greatly strengthens our idolatry. As we conform to the structures of the world in 95 percent of our lives, we gradually set up those worldly structures as idols. And the idol we follow in practice with the 95 percent eventually displaces the God we profess in the other 5 percent. The authority and truth of the Creator is exchanged for created things that offer us fickle promises of success, comfort, and happiness.
Being Christians for only a few hours a week also involves slavery to worldly systems of injustice. Whether we’re talking about the lives of unborn children or the lives of people trapped on welfare, women exploited and enslaved for others’ pleasure or workers mistreated for others’ profit, we’re surrounded by injustices that demand a response. And what’s more, we’re implicated in this exploitation and cruelty if we’re not actively resisting it.
Years - Martin - Luther - Dilemma - World
Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther faced a similar dilemma. In his world, works of religious devotion had been separated from ordinary life, like the way we put our faith front and center on Sunday but struggle to do the same on Monday. This separation led to idolatry and systems of injustice, including the selling of...
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