“The world does not understand theology or dogma, but it understands love and sympathy.”
– Dwight L. Moody
A friend once said to me that if Christ’s second coming happened during the week, he might not make Heaven. He said this because lying ( which often are in form of political correctness, diplomacy, white lies, half-truths) had become a career tool for him. Of course I understood what he meant: on Sundays he was a Christian but not every other day.
Antithesis: What does it Mean?
It is a grammatical vehicle used to show the rhetorical contrast of opposing ideas and meanings through parallel arrangement of words, clauses or sentences.
In simple layman terms, Antithesis is a juxtaposition of opposing or contrasting ideas.
Text: 1Cor 9:19-23
The Christian circle has experienced many similar juxtapositions when it comes to daily living; one of which is the operation of a Christian at work and every other place. In my opinion, there are two prevailing extreme cases; as Christians we have taken on two different characteristics;
1. Christians who have aligned with the value system of the world.
2. Christians that have become so heavenly with a disposition for little/minimal human interaction.
On one side of the coin, we have carnal minded Christians who use the way of the world to govern their lives; on the other hand we have human saints who have taken the “be in the world but not of the world” injunction by Jesus to really extreme levels. I mean: even Jesus had to come in human form, and interacted with people while on earth.
How Do We Now Function To Become More Effective For Christ?
None of these extremes are acceptable to live a fulfilling Christian life. Certainly, we must not live our lives according to the principles, values,laws and mores that guide the world. We are supposed to live like Christ: to be the light of the world but close enough to reach out to others.
The way and manner we conduct ourselves and our lives is ultimately the most effective way to proclaim the love of Christ, either at work or in any other endeavor. The world is already full of pressures and heartaches, what Christ expects of us to be loving.
Let’s Take It Home
Christianity is a way of life and not time or location-based ideology. Like Apostle Paul, we must be unto all men all things, that we may gain more. Have a care in how you speak, rejoice when others are happy, show care and support, speak the truth with mercy, help the needy, and defend the course of the powerless.
Prayer: Father, give me the Spirit of Love, and empower me to be a vessel unto honour in everything I do.