Sermon on the Mount
To Judge or Not to Judge
What are walls for? The obvious answer is to protect those within from outsiders. In a spiritual sense, Christians are to be surrounded by a wall between itself and the world, and to be separated from what it has to offer. The Prince of Preachers Charles Haddon Spurgeon said that "there is a tendency today to break down this holy barrier and make the distinction between the Church and the world merely nominal. Believers are no longer fixed on godliness, questionable literature is widely read, frivolous pastimes are eagerly indulged, and a general laxity threatens to deprive the Lord's special people of those sacred distinctives that separate them from sinners. Beloved reader, make it your aim in heart, in word, in dress, in action to maintain the broad wall, remembering that the friendship of this world is enmity against God."
In our series on the 'Sermon on the Mount,' time and again Jesus calls His followers to a radical lifestyle - radical in that it is different from the world, different from a religion that is concerned for externalities but devoid within, and different from those who don't have a heavenly Father. In a phrase He said, " . . . do not be like them" (Matthew 6: 8a). Nothing can be more stinging than to hear from an unbelieving world the words, "But you're no different from us." If Jesus is to visit our church as He did in the 2nd and 3rd chapter of Revelation, what will He say? Will it be words of condemnation; commendation; will it be a mixture of both? Most importantly, which side of the wall are you, in or out?