I have a selection from Charles H. Spurgeon’s book, “Morning and Evening”, delivered to my inbox daily. To my regret, I do not always read it, but when I do, I never fail to find something amazing in its relevance to modern life.
…the world loves not the non-conformity of nonconformity, or the dissidence of dissent; it would have us be more charitable and not carry matters with too severe a hand. Death to the world, and burial with Christ, are experiences which carnal minds treat with ridicule, and hence the ordinance which sets them forth is almost universally neglected, and even condemned. Worldly wisdom recommends the path of compromise, and talks of “moderation.” According to this carnal policy, purity is admitted to be very desirable, but we are warned against being too precise; truth is of course to be followed, but error is not to be severely denounced. “Yes,” says the world, “be spiritually minded by all means, but do not deny yourself a little gay society, an occasional ball, and a Christmas visit to a theatre. What’s the good of crying down a thing when it is so fashionable, and everybody does it?” –Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening
With each passing year I feel more and more the divergence of modern American beliefs from Christian doctrine, so it is stunning to see the same observation made 150 years before this thought occurred to me. Everything happens with God’s perfect timing, but I wonder at the disparity between His time-frame and mine. It seems to me the divide grows deeper every day and yet it has been going on for 150 years, longer in fact. How long will it continue and how wide will the rift become?
And what will be the final result? I look at my modern-day life of work, government, schools (for grandbabies), movies, music, books, and personal rights and wonder how long I can continue to live what passes for a “normal” life in America while still practicing my beliefs. When will my fellow citizens start to view me as odd, or quirky, or dangerous?
When the town is on fire, our house cannot be too far from the flames. When the plague is abroad, a man cannot be too far from its haunts. The further from a viper the better, and the further from worldly conformity the better. To all true believers let the trumpet-call be sounded, “Come ye out from among them, be ye separate.” –Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening