In a day when political correctness reigns supreme, it is very difficult to say what you really feel. We can’t speak our minds because our honesty might offend someone else. While there are several positives and negatives to political correctness, the underlying problem with it is that is shelters people in their comfort zones. We think, “I’m safe in here, so no one can get me, and I won’t be a bother to anyone else.”
Just think about your couch on a Sunday afternoon. For some reason, on Sundays, the couch always seems much more comfortable. Give it a few minutes, and I’ll be out like a light. Once I sit down on that couch, it will take an emergency to make me get up. When you’re comfortable, there’s no point in moving.
That’s when God usually likes to shake things up.
In an earlier post, I talked about Stephen’s stoning in Acts 7, and “on that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria” (Acts 8:1). All of a sudden, the Christ-followers find their Sunday couches to be upturned and in flames. Time to skedaddle. Their comfort zone in Jerusalem was no more. It was decision time: run or get killed.
The interesting thing is that by shaking things up, God was able to get His message was able to reach more people more quickly. Acts 8:4 says, “Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” For once, the Christ-followers actually did something right. These new Christians told other Jews about Jesus, they told other Jews, and thousands believed.
Eventually, this great exodus from Jerusalem led to a conversion of thousands of Jews and even Gentiles. The Jews and Gentiles did not get along at all. Not only did the Jews leave their comfort zone in Jerusalem, but they also started talking to their enemies. And it worked.
What will it take for the whole Church to step out of its comfort zone?
How will the world be impacted if we do?