Over breakfast I was discussing with one of my daughters how as Christians we will never feel truly comfortable until we get to heaven. My simple reasoning is that the Spirit of God within us is so antipathetic to the ways and the spirit of the world that we can never feel at home until we are with our Lord. We talked about some moral issues, made up a few scenarios and we worked through the difference in how a Christian and non-Christian might perceive and then act in each. It was fun, stimulating and helpful for her in living out her Christian faith.
My thinking then went back to Saturdays post and the final question I posed:
Apart from going to church, being involved in church activities
is there any difference between you and the world around you?
On the Church and Culture blog I read of this research.
According to research from Essex University in England, British people have become markedly less honest in the last decade. Coupled with this decline in morality is a growing acceptance of dishonest behavior.
For example, in 2000 70% said that an extramarital affair was never justified. Now, barely 50% would agree. Only 33% feel lying on a job application was wrong.
Here is the test they used:
Rate your attitude to each of the following activities with one point if you think it is never justified; two points if you think it is rarely justified; three if you view it as sometimes justified and four if you think it is always justified. Be honest.
A. Avoiding paying the fare on public transport.
B. Cheating on taxes if you have a chance.
C. Driving faster than the speed limit.
D. Keeping money you found in the street.
E. Lying in your own interests.
F. Not reporting accidental damage you have done to a parked car.
G. Throwing away litter in a public place.
H. Driving under the influence of alcohol.
I. Making up a job application.
J. Buying something you know is stolen.
According to the authors, a score below 10 suggests you are very honest, 11 to 15 means you do not mind bending the rules but are more honest than average, 16 to 20 suggests you are relaxed about the rules and anything more than 21 suggests you do not believe in living by the rules.
I really hope you scored well (low) on the “test.”
1 Peter 2:11,
“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.”
Are you an alien, does the world think you are strange? The scary thing is how few Christians seem to have any real difference in actions to their non-Christian neighbour. We might have some different values – but our deeds convict us. Maybe the problem is not the temptation we face but the lack of real discipleship undergirding our response.