We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.
We finish our series based on The 10 Dumbest Things Christians Do, by Mark Atteberry. The following are some notes from the Sunday school lesson at Providence Church.
DUMB MOVE #10: Accepting the Unacceptable
“Tolerance is the virtue of those who believe in nothing.”
– Ryan Dobson
Atteberry notes 2 things about the enemy described in Matthew 13:24-25.
• The enemy is calculating. [waits until everyone’s asleep before acting]
• The enemy is conniving. [sneaky, doesn’t set field on fire, but plants bad seed]
1. We need to wake up. We need to become more aware of what’s going on in our world and in the lives of our friends and family.
2. We need to speak up. Just as we warn people about physical dangers, so we need to warn them about spiritual dangers.
Atteberry suggests 2 reasons the secular media is quiet concerning “dangers that threaten our souls.”
• Their secular worldview doesn’t allow them to see through the eyes of faith.
• They figure it’s not their job; it’s the church’s.
As we sound the alarm, “we must never forget to reflect the heart and character of Christ.” [cf. Eph 4:15]
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“One thing that will help you in this regard is to remember that while watchdogging is critically important, especially in an age when Satan has so many subtle techniques at his disposal, it’s not our primary mission. Our primary mission as servants of Christ is to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). So anytime you find yourself in a situation where you feel you need to speak up, ask yourself how you can do it in the least offensive way possible.”
3. We need to shape up.
- “If we’re going to impact our communities and our culture in a positive way, we simply must put some walk behind our talk.”
- “When we act outraged at the world’s values and then are caught living on the same level, we come off looking like fools.”
- “We need to save our complaining about the world until after we have cleaned up our own house.”
- Reflect on American culture over the last 50-60 years. In what ways have values changed? How has society become desensitized to things? Give examples.
- Regarding “speaking up,” which of the following would you do (or have you done) & which would you not do? Why or why not? Which issues would get your participation level up? (a) Write elected officials, (b) Call in to radio programs, (c) Participate in a boycott, (d) Participate in a demonstration/rally/march, (e) Vote (locally, state, national), (f) distribute literature, (g) other.
- With regard to “waking up,” how can we become more informed?
- How do you wake up, speak up, and shape up without subjugating our “primary mission” (i.e., without apathy or obsession)?