Inspired study in Acts 8:1-3
“They” are the “upright”.
“They” are the “enlightened”.
“They” are now the made righteous “followers” of the Way who (supposedly) serve Christ with their sacrificial actions born out of a sacrificed heart that gave up all of each individuals personal desires for self and others just to make room for Christ's moving in to such a sacred abode. I won't go into how far away the typical professed Christian is from such a light burden. The hypocrisy of the contemporary “church” is the catalyst that has accelerated (and arguably, may have given birth to) its own apostasy and drives people's clinging to other religions and practices as solutions in their searches for answers, purpose, fulfillment, and virtuous living. However, it is not the subject I want to highlight in this time you have allowed us to share.
For a question, I would like to ask you if being a Christian were illegal, would you still be one?
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Watch until 8:20 (or until you feel led to stop and continue here, it is a great word from God through Sevin, a gospel artist and minister)
If they said propagating what non-believers call the “myth” of Christ was an act punishable by death would you still put on your Mac make-up and Stacy Adams shoes; your Burberry cologne, hop in your car with the cross hanging from the mirror and backwards Pisces sign on the bumper and go to your “church meetings”? Would you still share your faith in your home, on your job, and where ever you go? (If you even do that at all now).
Be honest with yourself. In the season that I wrote this, a hot social media topic was ”rings” and what their purchase price means in relation to the man-woman relationship construct, but I think the answer to this question is transcendental to that subject. I'm ready to die for the One who died for me and before you give me the altruistic response of how you are willing to do the same, ask yourself, are you really ready to do that? If they wheeled the guillotine into your living room right now, would you go through with it? Even if they said you only had to deny Him once, and after you can live as devoutly to Him as you wanted? Are you even honestly living for Him? Or are you living for yourself, turning the holy blood of the Lamb into a spiritual Clorox of self-betterment and eternal security. Who do you spend most of your money on and who do you consult before you spend it? I ask these questions because I am pretty sure of the majority of the contemporary Christian's truthful answer. Even while I originally wrote this, I was told on how to use the paper I originally wrote on more economically; instead of esteeming the spiritual moment I'm having with God, I was surrounded by people who thought it more profitable to rush me out of the house to get to a lunch (that wasn't go anywhere), and, to top it off and make what God was saying to me really clear, we took a 15 minute detour to double back to our departing location to drop one of our passengers back off to handle a minor earthly affair that was concluded to be of enough importance to impose 15 to 20 minutes on a schedule that, less than 10 minutes before, had taken precedence over fellowship with the Most High.
How is that? How can a professed Christian look at another Christian in fellowship with the Father, and see it as profitable to comment on how much or little space he's taking up on paper? Or even walk by such a beautiful fellowship and see a television and what it is playing as more interesting? Or even ask him to “hurry” that time for the sake of a future event and, in the same hour, be willing to sacrifice punctuality of the same event for an earthly concern, and a minor one at that? God didn't allow me to vocalize at all during that time (I asked Him) and the whole revelation saddened me greatly, but it allowed me to see a truth that is gruesomely present within the contemporary Church religious construct and subsequently imposed upon the social and theological paradigm of the average contemporary Christian psyche. God and the relationship we ought to cultivate with Him isn't transcendental to our life circumstances, but is rather a “commodity subject” that is fit snugly into the schedules of our lives for the sake of an appeased consciousness. The MOST important things in life require being in the presence and will of God. Movies, video games, schedules, and any other life practices are pointless without that first condition. However, if the brokenness and need for change is not seen and understood to the point that it motivates one to action, it is a fruitless act to bring up a challenge for change as the individual will be compelled to defend their position instead of grow towards change or they may respond in violence/apathy towards the vessel that brought the Truth until the individual is silenced. That is precisely where we find ourselves in the beginning of Acts 8.