by Bailey Smith

The Next Time You Wake Up in Rome
Bailey Smith
Romans 1:14-16

All of us Christians, at least one time in our life, have realized that our world is in dire need of the message of Christ. For most of us, this deep conviction was most prominent near the time when we came to know Jesus Christ as Saviour of our life. This was true because we were in the midst of a fresh, glowing, pure, and delightful experience with the Galilean. We contrasted our elated feelings with the rest of the world and its bitterness, its hatred, its unbelievable evil, and became convinced that a world so grotesquely oriented had need of the experience we were having.

But what often occurs? That blazing fire in our heart often ends up as little more than a flickering spark. The true perspective of the world and its need are soon lost. We begin to sleep right along with other Christians who have long ago gotten past the stage of trying to help an evil society. We so easily become part of the dozing Christian Church that we have joined.

What happens to our idea that the world is sorely in need of Christ and we must do something about it? What happens to our deep-rooted desire to share the supernatural experience that can make the world come to its senses? All of this is suppressed by a false sense of satisfaction- satisfaction in newfound friends, an increased social life with clean and refreshing people, and satisfaction in doing some good instead of the ultimate good. We become so pleased with our conscience-soothing church activity that we fan ourselves into a deep slumber, and the needs of a sin-ridden world become lost in our lethargy. If the apostle Paul ever had this problem, he quickly overcame it by staying alert to the vicious and godless Rome in which he lived. We face a world today which demands equal dedication and spiritual commitment. No, we don't face Rome, but we face a world that is pure Roman in its sensuality, decadence, and its general need for a confrontation wit ...

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