“Since we belong to the day, let us be sober…” wrote Paul in I Thessalonians 5:8. There is a great need for simple common sense Christianity today, for clear and sober minds. The world we live in has become increasingly complex confused and polarized. Christians also are often easily swayed or influenced by what they absorb in the media, or by what others say or do. Hence sober minds are in great demand.
By “common sense” I simply mean practical wisdom for all of life; that wisdom by which God once made the universe out of nothing and still upholds it today; by which just princes rule and by which a blessed home is built up. All such wisdom begins by fearing the Lord and avoiding all evil.
By “Christianity” I mean the apostolic tradition once delivered to the saints. We have no right to reinvent Christianity. I happily and proudly believe all that Christ and his apostles have delivered unto us. I hold to the Apostolic Creeds and to the key principles of the Reformation. The 16th Century Reformation was a sincere and comprehensive – though not perfect – effort, motivated by God’s Word and Holy Spirit, to return to the Bible and to early Christianity.
Ultimately we should strive neither to be conservative nor liberal, but simply positively Biblical, as we seek to obey the commands of Christ through faith. In the best sense of these words, genuine Christians are both “conservative” and “liberal”, conservative in that they want to preserve any good, noble and worthy (Christian) tradition, and liberal in the sense that they refuse to compromise justice, mercy, and true liberty, for the sake of tradition or the voice of the crowd.
In my pursuit for common sense Christianity, I need you! Feel free to fact-check anything I write, whether it is rooted in Holy Scripture, based on solid facts and and true to sound reason. Let us all avoid the evil of confirmation bias that is ravaging our world. Let us go wherever the evidence and sound reason lead… in the light of Scripture, for God’s glory.