Yes, we are all guilty of it. I am guilty of it in my dealings every day. Even with Christians, but especially with non-Christians. It’s not that we don’t “preach the gospel” or “witness” to the world. Some of us do that, sometimes. We think of it as a separate activity. But what about the 99% of the rest of the time, when we pursue our unwritten, unspoken agreement with the world, to live life publicly among them as if we share a common foundation?
(Yes, Reformed theologians, I know the doctrine of common grace, and I’m not contradicting it here.)
We essentially allow our neighbors, friends, co-workers to believe that what motivates them motivates us. But it simply can’t. At times like 9/11, we realize how utterly futile any motives and trustings are which aren’t rooted in the one true God. But most of the time, we guiltily go along with the public fiction that we are, essentially, pulling in the same direction as most of our fellow men and women. Even if we know differently inside, we aren’t willing to say so. Where is our duty to fellow man?
This posting is just a weak reflection of the excellent musings I found today on Rob Wilkerson’s post on Adrian Warnock’s blog. Thanks brother for the careful thinking.