Love in the Word Church

Focus: Microwave Faith Defined

It is time for all serious Christians to examine their own faith. Rationalizing away a lack of piety seems to be the new "sin de jour". Piety can generally be defined as a focus on spiritual rectitude in the face of an evil and undisciplined world. Satan's modus operandi is to deceive us into a position of lukewarmness in facing the standards that God has set for His adherents so that our faith is ineffective to effect Spirit-filled behavior. Many churches have become so seeker sensitive that God's standards are hardly recognizable. Please do not get me wrong, God's standard is based on the foundation of agape love, so I do not support legalism, disrespect, or intolerance in any form. However, what I do see often is believers making excuses why they spend less time seeking God than they do eating lunch or playing a round of golf on any given day! Any faith that is forged in a "microwave moment" will most likely leave us wanting in the midst of even minor challenges to our dedication to apply God's standard to our lives. Microwave faith is why we often would rather be spectators at a worship service rather than participants. Many are fine just giving Jesus our time once per week for 75 minutes and wonder why we seem stressed and far from the heart of God. Paul in Roman's explains that after we accept the condition of faith in Christ justifying is to the Father, we are responsible to work in the process of sanctification until the Lord Jesus returns! Piety, based on our remembrance of Jesus's work through communion, is the desire to engage in this cyclical process of self-evaluation of sin, repentance, grace, and glory until Jesus comes again. Tomorrow I will continue.....