Christian Conformists and The Rose
July 20, 2006 § 5 Comments
In my essay entitled “A Common Truth” I wrote about legislators and their responsibility to the citizens of this Nation. I wrote that in this responsibility is a part of a greater solution to the current conflicts which are hurting people today. This was implied when I wrote,
“The final solution for this “problem” at a socio-political level lies in legislature. If the lawmakers are an immoral and unjust group will they produce and uphold laws of a moral high-ground? Yet isn’t it our moral responsibility to follow the law?” (ibn Abdullah)
But ultimately, there is an element of this solution that must first take place as a catalyst for resolve. This catalyst in the terminology used here on “Wa Salaam” is called a Rose. It is the Roses among humanity which have contributed to the great philosophical, social and scientific developments of the World past and present. This point is the thesis of the essay called, “A Rose Among Humanity” which I wrote as answer to lingering questions that surfaced as a result of writing “A Common Truth“.
One might ask if there are any Roses among us today…
I would certainly respond yes, but the greater question is what are they saying? Well, in the past the Apostle Paul told the Christians,
“And be not conformed to this world but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans, 12: 1-2)
And today we have people preaching the same message, but is any one listening? For example, Bob Deffinbaugh a Christian Scholar and Theologian has written,
“Strangely, the Christian seems to look for Satan to attack the church in very direct and frontal ways, rather than through his more subtle (and effective) means.” (Bob Deffinbaugh, Th.M)
He then further explains his point using practical examples from life that exist in American culture when he writes,
“Let me illustrate what I mean. For a long time the American culture was largely Christian in its values. For example, in the past society did not look favorably upon divorce or homosexuality, and so few practiced these evils, at least in a very open way. Unbelievers considered themselves Christians because they practiced Christian values. Christians prided themselves for practicing Christian values, too. In truth, many unbelievers and Christians were only conforming to the mores of their society—they conformed to a culture which was outwardly, at least, Christian. Satan used the moral culture as a means of deceiving many to consider themselves Christian, when they were only conformists.” (Bob Deffinbaugh, Th.M)
In conclusion, it is clear to see that: it is the conformist who is the enemy to the people of God; it is the conformist who unwittingly sides with “Evil-doers”; it is the conformist who turns a blind eye to the real “Evils” of the world for their own selfish interests.