North American Christians have wrongly adopted a ‘liberal’ view of God. Embracing such a view shows a lack of understanding of the inherent characteristics of God; namely Righteousness and Holiness.
Are we so foolish as to think that what we decide about the Almighty changes anything? God has not lowered the bar, nor can He. The moral attributes of righteousness and holiness are absolutely inseparable from God. God is God and is forever the same. Nothing has changed about God. The fact is, He does not change with the calendar year. And nothing has changed about what God expects from those who have put their faith in Christ.
Adopting a liberal view of God is self-accommodating. If we can broaden the perimeters of what is ‘acceptable’ to God by painting Him with a very wide brushstroke, we then essentially grant ourselves permission to live our Christian lives in a way that suits us best. Living out our Christian lives in a manner worthy of God, and in accordance with His moral standards, does not seem to be the objective of this new framework that we have adopted in the 21st century.
We in North America lack devotion and discipline. We cringe at the word ‘obedience’. We despise the word ‘sin’ if it is at all in reference to ourselves and our behaviour. We lack awe and reverence. Could this be the reason why many North American Christians and churches are not experiencing the outpouring of God’s Spirit? Many things have deceived our hearts, and many things have stolen our attention. Has the truth and the power of God’s word escaped us? We would do well to view the Almighty as He really is and then conduct our Christian lives accordingly.
Has ‘grace’ been granted us in order to walk this Christian walk? Yes! Do we walk this walk alone? No. God has given us His Spirit and it is through the work of the Spirit that we can live the life God requires of those He calls His own. A holy calling demands a holy walk.
Throughout scripture, believers are repeatedly urged and encouraged to rise to the highest dignity of the ‘calling’.