Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, Romans 12 :2 J.B. Phillips
This well known paraphrase is a very apt message for the Church today. It seems that that world and its ideas and values are squeezing the Church into forms of behavior and teaching conforming to its own wishes.
The drive to attract and keep young people is case and point they are drawn to certain things in the world and the church tries to provide substitutes to keep their interest and attendance up.
There is no doubt we have a generation gap and language barrier in the church. However wholesale throwing the baby out with the bathwater is not the way to solve the problem.
The minister getting rid of his collar and tie, ditching the hymnbook, indeed the whole seeker friendly mantra is the order of the day. Where in the end does this leads us? Maybe to a large youth group yet with a shallower standard of Christianity
Cynical people may thing ministers and organizations are looking at their bottom line and profit margins rather than the long term cost of worldly methods instead of God’s truth and simple spiritual worship.
When this foolish king heard Daniels interpretation of the writing on the wall he did not seem very much affected by it. True his knees had knocked together when he saw this portentous happening. Yet afterwards he merely kept his word and promise in giving Daniel the robe and chain of office.
Soon afterwards we hear of Belshazzar’s death and kingdom’s conquest. Whether he disbelieved or postponed the inevitable fulfillment of the interpretation or resigned himself to it we do not know.
However it is he could never say he was not warned. The history of Nebuchadnezzar, his predecessor was ample warning if only he had taken notice and reformed his behavior accordingly.
We to have been warned. So often we have made light of God’s invitations and warnings, so often abused blessings and gifts as if they were a result of our desert instead of God’ s grace and mercy.
This is not just a message for the godless world. The writing is on the wall for many in the professing church. It is high time to read it and take it on board before the hand of judgments falls.