This whole year so far God has really been speaking to me and the church about holy living and being separate. There was a while in our denomination that this idea was observed to the point that we may have given the Pharisees a rival. And in response to the pickiness that was "don't drink a Coke or you're going to hell," we have found ourselves on the complete opposite of the spectrum. We'll search scriptures to endorse our habits long before we will search them to expose our faults. Holiness is still God's standard of living for His people. He's coming back for a pure bride. The separation God is looking for is much like the separation a man or a woman puts between himself or herself in regards to intimate relationships with other people if he/she is engaged or married. When we begin to dabble in the things of the world, we open doors.
One of my greatest realizations is how desensitized I have become. Consequently, I think we all have become desensitized to so much. What started off small turned to something bigger. Perry says, "What one generation does in moderation, the next generation will do in excess." I'd like to add, "What one generation does scarcely, the next generation won't do at all." While we go around living in our "freedom in Christ" we are setting stumbling blocks for others. Romans 10 warns against the penatly for doing this. While we make time for ball games, dances, late night parties, or just plain TV and internet, we live in a society that can't make time for God's house much less prayer time and devotion.
When I was youth pastoring almost 4 years ago, there was a statistic that came out that said only 4% of teenagers that graduate high school and are also involved in a church will ever come back home to that church or find another one once leaving for college. Are we our worst enemy? When we don't show an importance for God's house, this next generation will have no affinity for it at all. Our children won't find our beliefs to be that important when choosing a mate. When our children don't see us praying, they'll never ask us how to pray and maybe never learn. When our children don't see us studying the Word of God, they'll have no desire to do so themselves.
This book was a wake up call to me. The work of salvation is Christ's. We can't save ourselves. But the Bible is chop full of scriptures encouraging us to throw off weights that pull us down, run with a purpose, lay aside the things of the past, and live to holy. Jesus did His work in our lives at salvation. It's time we start doing something with the gift He gave.