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August 27, 2007

Thought for the Day from John Stott

... [Thousands] of people still ignore Christ's warning [in Luke 14:25-30] and undertake to follow him without first pausing to reflect on the cost of doing so. The result is the great scandal of Christendom today, so-called "nominal Christianity." In countries to which Christian civilization has spread, large numbers of people have covered themselves with a decent, but thin, veneer of Christianity. They have allowed themselves to become somewhat involved; enough to be respectable but not enough to be uncomfortable. Their religion is a great, soft cushion. It protects them from the hard unpleasantness of life, while changing its place and shape to suit their convenience. No wonder the cynics speak of hypocrites in the church and dismiss religion as escapism.

(from John Stott's Basic Christianity 107). 

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Great thought! Thanks for passing it along to us and allowing us to reflect on how we can always be on guard against complacency and easy comforts.

Chuck Blair

This is certainly true in Western countries, but not in Asian countries. They well know the cost and yet, are still willing to take a stand for Christ. They know that to follow Christ is most likely to cause them to be deprived of life's necessities and often the loss of their own life. Yet they stand strong.


A pause ... a sigh ... a deep breath ... a moment of reflection on where each one of us stands with regard to Christ and the great commission. Have we indeed become too complacent too comfortable in today's society or today's America. The question arises ... is wealth a test from Christ?

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