It is both laughable and sorrowful to watch a child with a beginner’s set of blocks trying to fit a square block into a round hole. Laughable, watching them try over and over to attempt the impossible; sorrowful, seeing the final frustration set in when they realize it can’t be done.
Many Christians of our day are continually attempting to fit into a secular world that considers them square. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry; seeing them trying to combine two things that do not belong or fit together. It is a spiritual impossibility.
We are elated, and rightly so, whenever we hear of one professing to be a Christian in the political, entertainment, or sports world. But I would remind you, the world never compromises its principles. The Christian must ultimately do this if there is to be co-existence. Change, with them, is always one-sided.
The world, says Christ Himself, hated Him. He also said they will hate those who are all out for Him. Like Jesus, we’re in the world, but not of the world. There is something drastically wrong when our brand of Christianity is accepted and respected by a Christ rejecting world.
I think sometimes many professing Believers of our time have taken, as the Old Testament King, a pen-knife to such scriptures as: “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” The only exception to this are those who do not live godly.
When Jesus told us, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me,” it should have given us some hint of what lies before us. When you saw a man in His day carrying a cross, you could be dead certain he was not on his way to the Academy Awards!