22
Apr
06

Comfort Is A Satin Lined Coffin

I read a quote once that for the believer, "Comfort is a satin lined coffin."The American Dream is comfort. A happy family. A nice house. A nice yard. A nice dog. Enough money for whatever we want. No struggle. No pain. Most of all, no discomfort.

I think the American Dream has permeated the Church. We want a comfortable Church with all the amenities of a country club. We want the preacher to say inspiring things on Sunday, but nothing too challenging or uncomfortable. We want to follow God, as long as He doesn't ask us to be missionaries in Africa.

We don't want to shake the boat and we don't want anyone else to either.

As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, the new song by the Dixie Chicks has really inspired me (politics and such aside). It's not a comfortable song. It's a black and white song. Either you like it or you hate it. They take a stand and require to you take one too.

Oh that the Church would do that! Instead of trying to infiltrate the world, copy the world, lure people in with things that look like the world.

My husband was reading the Smithsonian yesterday and there was a picture of a bombed out church from the 1960's civil rights movement. He turned to me and said, "You know there's really a lot to fight for in this world." Our country may be pretty safe and comfy, but there are SO many people who need to be fought for around the world. Children. Orphans. Widows. Believers. The poor. The hopeless. The opressed.

Could comfort be sin at some point? What can and should we do to fight for those who can't fight for themselves? How can we take a stand?

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