Being different

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

July/August 2016 Issue –  Seek Me and Live‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24

The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):

Amos 2:11-12 (NIVUK): ”’I also raised up prophets from among your children and Nazirites from among your youths. Is this not true, people of Israel?’ declares the Lord.

‘But you made the Nazirites drink wine and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.'”

In today’s study, Selwyn says: “In considering these words of Amos we learn of two further ways in which Israel incurred God’s wrath for failing to be a holy nation.  First, Israel is found guilty …  of forcing the Nazirites to compromise their purity.” The second thing was to suppress God’s voice as expressed through His prophets.

Selwyn uses this quote in his conclusion: ‘”The great problem of our times is that there is not enough difference between the men and women of the world and the men and women in the church.” There can be no doubt: the more we are like Jesus the more we will be unlike the men and women of the world.’

Do you agree with what Selwyn has written?

I’ve just noticed another of Selwyn’s statements, which is worthy of re-posting here: “How true it is when God’s people have compromised and live comfortably with self-indulgent lives, they cannot bear the sight of holiness.”

This observation may go some way to explain the hostility between various Christian groups who have taken up opposing views on some traditional biblical values. Have you a view on this topic?