Being a Christian is the most difficult life choice that one can make. It is so much more than simply accepting God’s invitation to know Jesus. It is more than just reading the Bible and attending church. It is more than wearing a label or hanging around similarly minded people. The life of a Christian is a revolution against the status quo of human existence. The actions of a Believer can only be called a life of radical change. The Christian life is not an addition or supplement to our life style, but a whole new way of living. It is not picking the fruit, but producing the fruit for others to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalms 34:8)
Romans is my favorite Book in the Bible, but let me clarify that by saying that whatever Biblical Book I am studying at the time is my favorite Book! In Romans 12:9-21, the Apostle Paul puts Christian priorities into a petri dish of observation. I believe that there are over 25 ingredients to the Believers’ life that are listed in these verses. These descriptions engulf all the aspects of the Christian life. These passages pertain to our Christian duty to God, to other Believers, to non- Believers, and even to ourselves. I am sure we all have failed on some of these issues, but the important thing is that we work on being a better example of the Christian life style. There are many other Scriptures in Romans that lay out the Believers “Faith behavior” and their responsibility to God. I believe the reason more people do not study the Scriptures is because of their failure to understand what the Christian life is all about. Compared to the world, every Believer should be a progressive spiritual right wing radical that pursues a life that is so much different from the normal lifestyles of society!
Believers need to stand out and stand up when it comes to the principles of God’s Word. There should be no apologies for following God’s directives. Failing to understand what the implications of Kingdom citizenship are all about is to fail “basic training.” We must take seriously the assault against Christianity. The weapons so many Believers use are judgmental and offensive, rather than simply presenting the Truth in love. When the Church uses the same negative instruments that the world does, there will be more victims than victors. The Gospel must come off the pages and into the eyes and ears of those who do not know our Lord and Savior. So many Believers are ill prepared to engage the opposition! Christians need to read, study, live and share the Truth. Any other action is counterproductive.