I have been reading accounts of dedicated Christians around the world who have suffered persecution for their belief in Christ. Somehow, I have been aware, but not totally, of what it costs to follow Jesus.
It’s easy to relegate these stories to a file of insignificance. Such occurrences only happen in faraway places among barbaric people, don’t they?
Have I come to the place of complacency? May I suggest that complacency is more dangerous than persecution for religious beliefs or death?
Satisfaction in the status quo is a living death. Am I unmoved by what’s taking place around me? Do I not recognize the world is crumbling?
Here is what Zephaniah had to say about the state of stupor.
12 “I will search with lanterns in Jerusalem’s darkest corners
to punish those who sit complacent in their sins.
They think the Lord will do nothing to them,
either good or bad.
Here Zephaniah gives a warning from God to His children (not to infidels) that complacency is entirely unacceptable. Perhaps the complacent condition is as close to the unpardonable sin as it can get since this condition takes away my ability to be roused from my sleep.