Christians really don’t believe in the Bible.
If we did, we would follow what it teaches. Instead as Eric Metaxas explains in his book Amazing Grace, Christians in England in the 18th and 19th centuries supported slavery and still claimed to be Christians because it was an acceptable social norm to believe one thing and do another. It was not considered hypocrisy. Have things really changed? In the last blog, we mentioned that some business people do not always practice Christianity in their workplace because they believe one cannot be successful in business doing so. In other words, they say everyone should follow Jesus’ teachings but somehow think they are exempt when it comes to running a business.
We do the same in our personal lives. Life Church (see www.lifechurch.tv) is currently running a series on what it calls “Necessary Sins”. God may say a particular action is wrong (lying, gossip, etc.) but we think it is a necessary part of life. We consider these sins to be necessary because they help us make it through life or because it is accepted in our society (and it is so necessary to get along in society). Is that any different from the Christians in England in the 18th and 19th century?
Maybe we Christians should start believing in the Bible again.