Extraordinary Effects Of Ordinary Christianity

After a while, the basics of Christianity can seem to many to be so mundane. Such things as “love your neighbor” (Matt. 22:34-40), and your spouse, and your children, and do acts of mercy, and be hospitable (Heb. 13:2), and deal with others with with an open heart and kindness can seem to the immature to be just so ordinary.  

With two millennia of Christian knowledge as a background, our society largely pays lip-service the ideals of putting interest of other ahead of our own (Phil. 2:3,4) because this is the way that Jesus lived and showed us (Phil. 2:5-11).  

But when it was introduced to the world is was a radical change from the life that was known to the pagan world. Little noticed in its first years, within a few decades this manner of life led the abandonment of ancient religions and millennia of social norms.  

Acts 17:5-7 “But the Jews, becoming jealous and taking along some wicked men from the market place, formed a mob and set the city in an uproar…shouting, “These men who have upset the world have come here also…””

When it was introduced to a world of harshness, physical and sexual excesses and cruelty, it was a radical change that led the abandonment of ancient religions and millennia of social norms. Now Christian virtues may not seem radical or worthy of much notice, But if you live in this way the effects on yourself, your family and those around you can be earth-changing.