Thursday, April 11, 2013
7 REASONS WHY CHRISTIANS DRIFT AWAY (Part 2)
We have been through discussing the first two (2) subtle reasons by which Christians drift away from faith. It was last Friday that we’ve mentioned how unresolved questions and the alluring nature of the world contribute to the believers being swayed to get out of the track. Now let’s move on to the succeeding reasons.
Wrong Company of Friends:
It is really true that as long as we are still in this world, we will always be mingling with people. People with different beliefs, principles, philosophies, and religion will always be just around the corner. They are in our workplaces, schools, neighborhood, communities, and in every places we go. We always meet them and find some as well-meaning individuals and we even befriended a few, if not, a lot of them.
While it is true that we always meet them almost everyday, we shouldn’t be caught off-guard of the way they could possibly influence us one way or the other. We shouldn’t be unaware of the fact that people around could impact us either positively or negatively. The truth of the matter is that, if we couldn’t influence them, we end up being influenced by them. That’s the sad thing.
That’s why the scripture is prudent in admonishing us by saying, “Do not be misled. Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Cor. 15:33).
I don’t really know how the world does it, but our unbelieving friends have ways of tingling our emotions that we sometimes find them more meaningful and enjoyable to be with than our Christian friends are. This is especially so when they are there around to console us during our deepest moments where they make us smile and laugh.
I’m not saying here that just because our friends are unbelievers, they are entirely bad. No! In fact, we should be grateful that because of God’s bountiful love for us, He even uses our secular friends to minister and comfort us. This may even be a way for us to share our faith with them because, in the first place, they wouldn’t even have the guts to help us if they hadn’t seen anything positive in us. Unless, of course, if they do it with ulterior motives.
Similarly, we also need to consider what the book of Proverbs remind us when it says, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Prov. 13:20).
Does it mean, then, that we can be perfectly sure we will be in good hands when our friends are those who are completely Christians? Far from that. Not all who professes Christianity is genuinely real. There are those who really exploit others to execute their ploy of deceit, and there are also those who are still struggling for changes from their old sinful lifestyle accidentally affecting us.
But the bottom line here never changes. We need to be prudent in our choices of our inner circle of friends. Since friends have the capacity to make or break us, we need the help of the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and discernment in making authentic friendship, so this would not drift us away from faith simply because of a mere dismay brought about by either professing believers or alluring secular friendship.
Lack of Fellowship with Genuine Believers:
A burning piece of coal slowly diminishes its light all alone by itself but miraculously glows all the more when joined together with other burning coals. This same principle applies to every citizens of the Kingdom. Whether we believe it or not, we really need one another to thrive in our Christian lives.
The Holy Spirit desires every believer to be His channel of blessings. He doesn’t limit Himself by working only in just one individual person. He loves to use each one to bless each other. That’s why it’s so wise for us to deliberately enlist ourselves and look after a good life-group network where we could regularly fellowship together with other believers.
There can be no other source of authentic encouragement, comfort, wisdom, insight, motivation, enlightenment, and inspiration except for an individual or group where the Holy Spirit works abundantly. The Source is so rich that He never runs out of plentiful supplies, just like a fresh, crystal clear water freely flowing from a prosperous river.
“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." – Jesus (John 7:38)
A believer who withdraws himself/herself from joining or fellowshipping with other Christians will slowly experiences decreasing desire to further yearn after it, and instead finds himself/herself seeking it from people outside the Kingdom. When this happens, his/her own judgment will dictate him/her erroneously that the secular world’s companionship is more likable.
“He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.” – Prov. 28:26
A Christian who finds himself/herself in this situation must immediately conduct a deliberate turn-around, coupled with prayers, to deter any attempt of the enemy to drift him/her away from faith.
(To be continued..)
A blessed day/evening to all!!