Get off the ship!

“We do not content ourselves with the life we have in ourselves and in
our own being; we desire to live an imaginary life in the mind of
others, and for this purpose we endeavour to shine. We labour
unceasingly to adorn and preserve this imaginary existence and neglect
the real. And if we possess calmness, or generosity, or truthfulness,
we are eager to make it known, so as to attach these virtues to that
imaginary existence. We would rather separate them from ourselves to
join them to it; and we would willingly be cowards in order to acquire
the reputation of being brave. A great proof of the nothingness of our
being, not to be satisfied with the one without the other, and to
renounce the one for the other! For he would be infamous who would not
die to preserve his honour.” ~ Blaise Pascal

Thanks, Ben (and Blaise!), for inspiring a post.

To me, this quote very aptly summarizes the idealogies embraced by America’s “Christian” youth.  (Note: for the duration of this post, ” ‘Christian’ youth” implies the mainstream church-going high school and college students who have heard God’s Truth but have let it slide to the very bottom of priorities.)

We try so hard to be “cool”, to “fit in”, to be recognized as something that we are not……for what?  To what end?  How will those really spiffy $95 shoes or those designer low-slung jeans be affecting your life 15 years from now? 

How would studying God’s word intently and devolping the character of Christ affect your life 15 years from now?

Oh, my people! 

You could be my closest brothers and sisters…we could spur each other on to good works…we could work together to bring glory to Our Lord!

Instead…what has transpired?  We have become, at best, civil.  At other times, antipathy is a closer word for our relationship than brotherhood and sisterhood.

You have strived to be like the world, swayed by lies.  You say: “I will more and more like the world and of the world so that people will want to be like Christ.” 

But you have assimilated so far into the darkness that your candle sputters, and should the wind of the cold, dark world rise any stronger, you will snuff out.

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God?” (James 4:4)

Your intimacy with the world and her wiles has blurred the differnces between the Church and the world, so that those who are lost cannot see a reason to convert; after all, since Christians are just like the world, why would it matter if I started wearing a cross around my neck or went to “youth group”?

Please understand that I do not wish to condemn; I myself have “exchanged the truth of God for a lie”. (Rom. 1:25)

I have been on the same sinking ship on which you are on.  I would have gone down to the very depths of the abyss (and deservedly so) had not The Captain taken me by the hand and helped me into the lifeboat to take me to the shore where His safehouse is.

This Captain did not choose me to join the lifeboat because I merited it by my actions or words or attitudes.  Rather, if such were the case, I would be among the last to be offered help.

But He loves in a way beyond our comprehension.  He holds out His nail-scarred hands, inviting, begging, pleading you to step aboard the lifeboat and forsake the ship.

Give up!  The ship is already half-submerged….you will not survive.  You cannot jump and swim to shore on your own, for the way is too far, the water too cold, your own strength too inadequate.

Please, I beseech you!  See what is important!  Do not worry about being accepted by the world and its foolish fads.  Do not continue procrastinating God, saying, “After I make sure that I’ve gotten to do what I want to do, I’ll ‘get serious’ and seek Jesus.”

Stop playing facades, rearranging chairs on a sinking ship.

Get off!  Surrender, admit that its over, and grasp the hand of Our Savior.

Let us join together, my brothers, my sisters.  Let us forsake the ruins of the ship and follow the Captain.  His boat is the only one that is not going under.

Hear.  Believe.  Live.

Published in: on July 22, 2008 at 8:26 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Wow – you write like C.S. Lewis.


  2. Alex, I’m not sure what to say, other than I am really enjoying your blog. Impressive. Thought provoking. Convicting.
    Have you ever thought about writing a book?!

  3. Wow! What a GREAT reminder!!!! Good stuff! It is SO true! We “Christians” are not living as if we are in the world and not of it … we are living as though we are in the world and OF it! There are those of us who are striving to put away the world and its desires and live for Jesus … but there are so many who are proclaiming Christ and living for the world! Your post is such a great reminder of the example we (the Christians – not “Christians”) must set for our generation! Great stuff! Thank you! 🙂

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