This morning on Facebook the JC Ryle page posted this quote:
"The person who can take deep interest in politics, or sports, or money-making, but none in the conversion of souls, is no true Christian. They are 'dead' and must be made 'alive'. They are 'lost' and must be 'found'. ~ J.C. Ryle
Someone commented: "There's nothing wrong with deep interests in polotics, sports, money-making, or anything else as long as our relationship with our Lord and our commitment to the command of the Great Commission is above all else."
To which a reply came: "You can't take a deep interest in other things if your treasure truly is Christ."
I'm starting, more and more, to agree with the latter comment. Although I'm not really into sports at all, I have found a bit of an addiction to things politic these days and unfortunately, thinking about money-making, home businesses, etc., seems to consume way too much of my time on most days. (not actually making the money mind you, just thinking about it!)
When I've spoken to a couple of friends about it I've used the term "hypocritical" about myself. I say that Christ is the most important part of my life. I say that I desire to put Christ first when it comes to interacting with my girls, etc. I say that our driving verses for our lives are Deuteronomy 6:6-9:
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
But do I do it? Do I really live that way? Not really. More often than not "these words" are lost in the shuffle of the urgent of the moment - so much so that we can go for hours - or dare I say days - without talking about them at all.
Hence the hypocrite title. Isn't a hypocrite someone who says one thing but does another?