Doug Giles

I think the Church?s current pessimism toward Biblical change has led to a sluggishness that makes a sloth look like a worker bee.  And the kicker is that sloth/ passivity/laziness now flies today, mostly uncondemned, under the banner of a venial sin, not seen as it has historically been seen, which is as the complicit vice and partner of evil.

Yeah ? because Christian inactivity doesn?t make the evening news like an affair, avarice or anger would, sloth/passivity is seen as less egregious and is even pitched by the secular media as the right thing for Christians to do since we should be, supposedly, separated from the affairs of the state. 

Well, even though grass-munching bovine lethargy might go down in our current scat-laden Laodicean culture, it does not, has not and will not fly with our concerned Creator.  God sees inactivity as criminal and a deadly sin when we do not lift our voice or our hand to help in the time of need, especially in the face of injustice, when the situation demands that the Church get up off its Lays-enlarged glutes and do something.

In contrast to the indolent and gloomy quasi-religious crowd, the salvific saints of souls and society have always been set apart by the hope and heat they carry within which manifests in good works without.  They know that time is on their side and that their efforts are not going to go unnoticed and ineffectively down the crapper.

Thus, they are, as J.I. Packer said, ?crusading activists without a jot of self-reliance; workers of God who depend utterly on God to work in and through them and who always give God the praise for anything they do that in retrospect seems to them to have been right; gifted men who prayed earnestly that God would enable them to use their powers, not for self display, but for his praise ? [They were people] who made strong prayers privately before tackling any matter of importance.?

These transformers were not known for singing kum-ba-yah for too long.  They did not wrap themselves in warm gurgling bubbles of a feel-good hot-tub religion when the situation screamed for activity.  They understood that when insanity seems sane and unfaithfulness appears okey dokey, to settle for business-as-usual Christianity would be a slap in God?s face and act of hatred toward their fellow man.  Yes, they were men and women who had a passion for effective action. 

Would that describe you?

To be continued?

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Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.